RWE selects winners of the offshore wind innovation competition


ARC Marine, Verlume and ForWind, the center for wind energy research at the University of Oldenburg in Germany, have been selected as winners of RWE’s first international innovation competition on ecology and system integration of offshore wind.

The companies participated in the competition looking for innovative solutions that could improve the environmental impact of offshore wind farms in order to optimize the system integration of offshore wind into the energy grid.

Launched in November last year, the competition focused on two key areas: ecology and systems integration.

The company ARC Marine from Great Britain, winner in the ecology category, focuses on sustainable cable and scour protection.

There were two winners in the Systems Integration category: Verlume from Scotland, a company working on offshore subsea battery systems with integrated intelligent energy management, and ForWind from Germany, which has developed a methodology for lidar and observer-based forecasting of wind energy production .

According to RWE, the winners are in close contact with the company’s innovation team and will jointly examine options for further developing their solutions towards commercialization.

RWE has already included the winners in its tender for sites VI and VII of the Dutch offshore wind farm Hollandse Kust West (HKW) and will also consider using it for other commercial offshore wind projects.

RWE plans to accelerate the commercial application of new technologies by supporting a wide range of innovators and start-ups to demonstrate their innovations in an operational environment.

Last week, RWE decided to invest in SolarDuck’s large-scale offshore pilot project in the North Sea mixerand also selected SolarDuck as the exclusive provider of offshore floating solar technology with integrated storage in the company’s bid for HKW Site VII.

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