The innovative next-generation floating wind power design being developed by Spain’s X1Wind has been chosen for a €16m ($16.6m) EU project that aims to speed up industrialisation of the emerging sector.

Through the NextFloat project, the technology developer’s PivotBuoy concept, a hybrid of a shallow-draft semisubmersbile hull and tension leg platform mooring system that ‘weathervanes’ with the wind, will be installed as a 6MW unit in the French Mediterranean, run by a 13-organisation industry consortium led by Technip Energies.

“Floating wind is one of the lowest carbon electricity generation systems to meet the energy demand in a sustainable way while inducing better competitiveness, less noise and visual pollution, and less interaction with the users of the maritime domain,” said Laure Mandrou, Technip Energies’ SVP for carbon-free energy solutions.