Gicon gets US floating wind patent

The scale model of the SOF undergoing tests at Marin

The scale model of the SOF undergoing tests at Marin

German floating wind turbine designer Gicon has been awarded a US patent for its SOF concept.

Already patented in Europe, the foundation, a semisubmersible hull fixed to the seabed by stiff steel tendons, is covered through to July 2017, with “extended protection” running to 2029.

“The US will be one of the leading markets for offshore wind development in the future. Therefore, it is an important step for Gicon to achieve patent protection for our SOF in the US market,” states Gicon chief executive Jochen Grossmann.

The SOF, which recently completed scale trials in the Technical University of Berlin’s wave tank, is designed for deployment in water depths of between 20-500-plus Log in to read complete article.

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