World Wide Wind AS and Hydro ASA have signed a Letter of Intent to explore the use of aluminium in wind turbines. The two Norwegian companies are partnering up to develop turbines with a design specifically meant for offshore floating conditions. The goal is to use sustainable and recyclable materials in the construction, including aluminium.
World Wide Wind is developing a new type of vertical axis floating wind turbine for deep waters, with significant potential benefits relative to current technology in terms of energy production, cost, scalability, and environmental footprint.
“The new design gives us an opportunity to use aluminium components in parts of the wind turbine structure,” says Trond Lutdal, CEO of World Wide Wind.
“For Hydro, this is an entry into the wind turbine production chain, and it strengthens our position within renewable energy,” says Trond Furu, Research Manager at Norsk Hydro Corporate Technology.