TouchWind and its partner
have received a € 2.8 million grant from the Dutch ministry of Economic
Affairs to support a three year validation programme called Proof-of principle
for a floating offshore wind turbine concept. The subsidy was granted under
the umbrella of the 'Topsector Energy subsidy of the Ministry of Economic
TouchWind's partners include of VDL Mast Solutions B.V., Nidec Netherlands
B.V., Tres4 B.V. (We4Ce) and institutes, TU Delft, Faculty of Aerospace
Engineering and Maritime research Institute Netherlands. To date, the consortium
has secured € 3.55 million.
TouchWind has designed an offshore wind turbine which features an angled
one-piece rotor installed on a floating foundation. The company claims
that its 200-metre rotor is capable of an energy output of 12.5 MW. It
is also said to be capable to handle wind speeds of up to 70 m/s. A video
on the technology can be seen below.
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