Dutch-UK offshore wind turbine designer 2-B Energy has secured an investment package of some €26.5m ($36.8m) to drive ahead development of its innovative two-bladed, downwind concept.
The funding will underpin plans to
erect a prototype onshore in the Netherlands and carry out testing by 2015,
followed by installation of a pair of the downwind machines in the waters off
The funding consortium backing 2-B
Energy's concept, which promises to carve 35% out of the current cost of
offshore wind energy, is made up a group of multi-national private and public
sector partners, including investment bank Truffle Capital, venture capitalist
PPM Oost, oil major Shell, Rabobank, Dutch enterprise agency AgentschapNL, and
the UK's Department of Energy and Climate Change and Scottish Enterprise.
"There is clearly a need for
greater COE [cost of energy] reduction if offshore wind is to become
sustainable. Our state-of-the-art design has potential to be a significant
contributor in reaching this goal and with this new injection of funding we
will be able to really drive forward our ambitious business plans both in the
Netherlands and in Scotland," says 2-B Energy chief operating officer
The 2-B concept, purpose-designed
for the 6MW turbine class, is built around a 140 metre-diameter two-bladed
rotor, steel tower and integrated lattice structure jacket. The turbine
features a helipad for offshore access.
The minimalist design is
engineered using a "lifetime approach" that reduces the number of
components lower operation and maintenance costs.