Aquaterra, Seawind to add 3.2 GW of floating wind to produce hydrogen in Italy
The Seawind two-bladed demonstrator.
September 26 (Renewables Now) - UK-based offshore engineering group Aquaterra Energy has teamed up with Dutch floating wind turbines maker Seawind Ocean Technology to jointly develop a gigawatt-scale green hydrogen project in Italy powered by 3.2 GW of floating offshore wind capacity.
The project, dubbed HyMed, will be the largest offshore floating wind and green hydrogen production scheme globally, the duo said on Monday. Under the plan, it will seek to install more than 1 GW of electrolysers to produce green hydrogen for export to global markets. Production is planned to be launched by 2027.
The exact location of the proposed offshore wind turbines was not disclosed. According to the press statement, they will be installed in “Italian ultra-deep waters.”
The ambitious project is currently in the first permitting stage, with grid-connection and environmental impact assessments underway. To execute it, the partners will rely on Aquaterra Energy's offshore engineering and green hydrogen production experience, while Seawind will contribute its floating offshore wind technology.
Aquaterra and Seawind plan to develop more offshore renewable energy projects, among which is a 300-MW hydrogen scheme in southwest Greece, they said.
“We consider the Mediterranean to be the best area where significant offshore wind projects can be developed and cross-border synergies can be made, serving Europe and MENA,” said Dimitrios Moudouris, CEO at Seawind.
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