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Norwegian firm aims to make floating wind competitive in one year

With its concept of a wind sail consisting of many small turbines, Wind Catching Systems means to increase both the competitiveness and sustainability of floating offshore wind.

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Although the wind industry continues to mature, an increasing amount of concepts launch and challenge fundamental principles.

Such a concept was presented by Norway's Wind Catching Systems in 2017 to Aibel. With a solution that involves a number of smaller 1-MW wind turbines arranged in a grid-like structure, the concept was meant to increase efficacy markedly compared to the area used. This hasn't just convinced the oil service company but also its largest co-owner, Ferd, as well as North Energy, which last year invested in the company and has most recently acquired more shares in April.

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