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The World’s First Floating Wind Turbine Gets New Lease on Life

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UNITECH Offshore and Equinor have entered into an agreement that UNITECH will take over the Hywind Demo floating wind turbine outside Karmøy, Norway. The turbine will be renamed and used as an infrastructure for research projects, development of new technology, teaching and training.
The World’s First Floating Wind Turbine Gets New Lease on Life

“When UNITECH Offshore takes over the ownership and operation of the turbine, it is with pride and expectations. The pioneering work that became this historic wind turbine will be transferred to a new phase and made available for research and technology development as part of the “Sustainable Energy Ocean Test Facility” and for the benefit of all those who are concerned with Sustainable Energy at sea,” said UNITECH CEO, Gunnar Birkeland.

As of February 1, 2019, the turbine will be renamed “UNITECH Zefyros by Hywind Technology.”

“We are pleased that UNITECH is now taking over the ownership and operation of the turbine. The fact that the turbine will continue to be used for innovation is also valuable for Equinor. Floating offshore wind will be a significant source of energy in the future and we will also test this in full-scale at our floating offshore wind farm in Scotland,” said Beate Myking, Director of Operations in New Energy Solutions at Equinor.

Photo: In its next phase, the turbine will play an important role as an infrastructure for research and technology projects in Metcentre at Karmøy. (UNITECH)

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