Siemens Energy and Saipem will link for an effort to design a 500MW floating substation they claim will help future giant wind farms cut the cost of their push into “the most extreme environments” in deep waters far offshore.

The German power technology giant and Italian offshore engineering contractor claimed the high-voltage alternating current (HVAC) substation based on “a proven semisubmersible substructure” and offering “enhanced stability” will be scalable and able to support giant floating wind projects operating in deep waters beyond the reach of fixed-foundation structures.