Hywind—the world’s leading floating offshore wind solution
The ocean covers around 70% of the world’s surface and is an under-utilised resource for energy and economic growth. Close to 80% of the resource potential is in deep waters. That’s ideal for Hywind, the leading solution for floating offshore wind power, developed by Equinor.
A few years ago, floating offshore wind was a distant dream symbolised by a solitary small-scale Hywind turbine offshore Norway. Today, it is the most viable and mature solution, ready for market. With Hywind Scotland, the world’s first floating wind farm, we’re unlocking the vast potential of floating offshore wind. We believe it’s the next wave in renewable energy, and within the next decade, we aim to make floating wind a competitive renewable energy source.
Equinor is the global leader in floating offshore wind:
We were an early pioneer in floating wind technologies. Today, Hywind is the most mature solution by far.
The world’s first floating offshore wind farm, Hywind Scotland, began production in October 2017.
Our offshore wind projects already provide renewable energy to thousands of families in the UK.
Hywind Scotland was officially opened by Nicola Sturgeon in October 2017.
Hywind is a great example of what we can achieve by combining our existing offshore expertise with new and available technologies and innovative minds. Thoroughly proven through years of testing, it is the world’s most viable floating wind turbine design, consisting of a giant wind turbine placed on top of a floating vertical spar.
Hywind is a unique offshore wind technology, consisting of a mix of available technology and new patents developed and owned by Equinor.
While dozens of floating concepts exist today, few will reach maturity. Hywind is the most established design, verified through eight years of successful operations of our demo turbine offshore Karmøy, Norway, and subsequently further optimised for the Hywind Scotland wind farm. With its simplicity of design, Hywind offers a range of advantages: