Encomara launches new floating offshore wind infrastructure to deliver power faster

Encomara’s Strategic Wind InFrasTructure (SWIFT) system has been designed to integrate new and established technologies in a holistic and life-cycle cost approach for floating wind which significantly reduces the levelised cost of electricity.
Encomara launches new floating offshore wind infrastructure to deliver power faster
Courtesy of Encomara.

The company is a newcomer to the global renewables sector and is poised for rapid growth following the launch of its ground-breaking solutions for floating offshore wind installation, aimed at introducing a new era of full life-cycle efficiency, safety, sustainability and reliability to floating offshore wind operations globally, irrespective of water depth.

Significant R&D investment has resulted in the company’s first patented product, SQUID; a quick connector for power cables, mooring lines and anchor interfaces, which provides a rapid and simplified ‘plug-to-power’ capability. It allows for the pre-installation and pre-commissioning of all marine hardware, reducing cost and risk by enabling rapid deployment of multiple Floating Offshore Wind Turbines (FOWTs) in higher sea states and in extended weather windows.  Additionally, by enabling a viable ‘tow-to-port’ methodology, SQUID delivers similar cost and duration reductions during the operational, re-power and decommissioning phases.

“By 2050, 15 percent of all offshore wind energy generated is forecast to come from floating offshore wind turbines, which equates to 15,000 turbines” said Encomara CEO Raymond Semple. “We are extremely well positioned to maximise this strong market potential with our agile and dynamic approach to delivering fast-turnaround turbine installation, operations and maintenance scopes, and eventual decommissioning. We’ve taken inspiration from the scale-up success of fixed wind as well as other offshore sectors’ methodologies, culminating in solutions which are safer, greener, faster, cheaper, and higher yielding than the traditional installation methods. It also aligns with operators’ ESG strategies and the industry's increasing commitment to sustainability and local stakeholder engagement.”

Encomara was founded by four industry stalwarts, each with more than 30 years of energy sector experience, including in wave, tidal, fixed and floating offshore wind. This includes Ian Cobban, chief operating officer, Malcolm Bowie, chief technology officer, Ian Donald, executive chairman, alongside Semple, the CEO. The team are looking to recruit key onshore personnel and engineering talent in the next six months.

The business is exhibiting at the Floating Offshore Wind event at the P&J Live in Aberdeen today (Weds 4th Oct) and tomorrow and can be located on stand H60.

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