Hexicon and Genesis forge alliance for South African offshore wind

In: Windfarms

Swedish floating wind turbine developer Hexicon AB has joined forces with the South African wind developer Genesis Eco-Energy Developments in order to explore offshore wind development.

The development programme will be driven through a joint venture company in South Africa that will be named GenesisHexicon (Pty) Ltd. The purpose is to jointly develop large scale floating wind projects, contribute to the Oceans Economy and clean energy targets for South Africa, and transfer the Hexicon IP for deep water deployment to the South African market.

"This is the winning formula for large scale energy production in South Africa, one of the top ten long term markets on the planet for deep water deployment. We are proud to have teamed up with Genesis Eco-Energy Developments that since 2002 has a proven track record developing onshore wind and solar projects and also collaborating with the government stakeholders in shaping the renewable energy policies in South Africa,"
said Henrik Baltscheffsky, CEO of Hexicon.

"As one of South Africa’s pioneering wind energy development companies, the logical progression for Genesis will be to focus off-shore along South Africas coastline which has abundant unexplored resources. This is an ideal opportunity to explore the deployment of this innovative floating wind technology from Hexicon. Now is the right time to start to develop the South African offshore wind energy market and contribute to Operation Phakisa, the Oceans Economy programme,"
said Davin Chown, MD of Genesis Eco-Energy Developments.

Hexicon AB, based in Stockholm, was established in 2009. The company has developed a two turbine foundation concept, to produce power in deeper waters. It is in the process of developing the
Dounreay Tri wind farm, off the coast of Scotland. With a capacity of 10 MW it will feature two turbines mounted on one semi-submersible foundation. Genesis Eco-Energy is a renewable energy company which provides project development, management and operations services across a range of renewable energy technologies. Its focus is on free fuel renewable energy (wind, solar PV, CSP, marine technologies) as well as bio-energy.  

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