Hexicon secures marine licence for floating wind demo in Celtic Sea

Digital rendering of Hexicon offshore wind generation.

January 14 (Renewables Now) - Swedish floating wind technology company Hexicon AB today said its 30-MW-40-MW Twin Hub floating demonstrator project in the Celtic Sea has secured a marine licence.

The project obtained a Section 36 consent under the Electricity Act in 2020.

Hexicon plans to deploy the demonstration project at the Wave Hub renewables test site off Cornwall, South West England. It completed the purchase of the consented site in July 2021 and plans to use existing infrastructure, including an offshore export cable, onshore substation and existing grid connection agreements.

The Swedish firm is working with US engineering company Bechtel to deliver the demonstration project.

Twin Hub is expected to become the first floating offshore wind project in the Celtic Sea, a key location for floating wind development. The Crown Estate is working on plans for floating wind leasing in the Celtic Sea with the ambition to unlock up to 4 GW of capacity, as announced in November 2021.

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