A new EU-backed floating wind power project is aiming to pave the way for price competitiveness not only with fixed-bottom offshore arrays but with onshore renewable energy too – and could do it with either innovative two- or conventional three-bladed turbines, according to a senior executive at Spanish sector pioneer X1 Wind.

X1 Wind’s PivotBuoy technology is at the heart of the multi-partner NextFloat project, picked by the European Commission to help accelerate the industrialisation of floating wind via a full-scale 6MW prototype in the French Mediterranean, along with associated work on mass-production and deployment.