Devised by Wind Catching Systems, a firm started in 2017 by Asbjørn Nes, Arthur Kordt and Ole Heggheim with an objective to enhance traditional offshore wind technology, the ’Windcatcher’ consists of a variety of many 1MW turbines on a sizable floating platform. Soaring 1,000 feet upward, every Windcatcher can supply sufficient electricity to empower 80,000 homes.
The main goal for the trio of founders was to construct a system competitive enough to work sans subsidies. The development commenced with some basic questions: Was the basic design utilised in offshore wind production the correct one? Was a technology inspired by on old Dutch corn mill really the most efficient way to produce offshore wind power production? While the modern technology had performed expertly on land and bottom fixed offshore developments, was it the optimum system on a floater?
With a view to maximising power generation from a concentrated region, they started developing the concept of multi-turbines, inspiring the inception of the 1,000-foot Windcatchers. Says the company, the Windcatcher boasts an integrated substation, runs on turret and mooring using respected technologies from the oil and gas industry, reduces acreage usage by more than 80% in comparison to traditional offshore wind farms, and bears a 50-year design life. Five wind catching units can produce the same quantity of electricity as 25 traditional turbines.
Designed for easy operation and maintenance, the Windcatchers produce electricity at grid parity prices with substantial scalability potential permitting for further reduction.
Presently, Wind Catching Systems is cooperating with Aibel, a successful supplier in the European offshore wind segment, and IFE (Institute for Energy Technology) to develop the technology, anticipated to be commercially available in 2022.
Source: Architecture and Design.Com.Au
Image credits by Wind Catching Systems