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“Dismissed as an “investor’s folly” a few years ago, economically viable floating foundations are progressing rapidly”

— WindPower

Q FWE Identifies 13+ GW of
Floating Wind Energy

We are pleased to debut a new Q Vision analytical tool for those focused on Floating Wind Energy.  Floating Wind Projects by Total MW  is the first in a series of Microsoft Power BI “front ends” which allows the user to interrogate the new Q Vision system, the world’s most comprehensive Floating Wind Energy database.  Look for new Q Vision analytical tools focused across the spectrum of the global supply chain including Floating Units Installed, Costs, LCoE, Cabling Arrays, Tonnage and Moorings in the near future.

For a limited time, this fully functional report is being offered as a complimentary sample of the power of Q Vision coupled with Microsoft Power BI.  The report highlights projects by total MW bubble size on a world map.  Users can filter by Project Status as well as Region and Development Type.  Filter by selecting checkbox values or the bubbles on the map to drill down.  The report also supports multi-select by ctrl-click.  (To clear a filter, click on one value and then click it again.)

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Project of the Month

The Kincardine project offshore Scotland has seen some remarkable modifications since its original application in 2016.  Project schedule, turbine capacity, and floater all saw significant changes during the project development. Kincardine switches to 9.5 MW turbines

The 1st floater came online this month with a 2MW turbine carried by WindFloat 1 in order to make the project’s ROC (UK Renewables Obligation Certificate) deadline. 

The 6 floaters with 8.4 MW turbines were originally planned to be installed in two additional tranches, of which the first three were to be installed in 2019.  However, operating company KOWL announced last month a switch to using the MHI Vestas 164-9.5 MW turbine.  The higher capacity turbine selection reduces the number of required floaters by one.  As the turbines will not be available until late 2019, all units will be installed early in 2020 as Tranche 2.

 The revised project raises the expected CAPEX to GBP 350M and OPEX to GBP 150M.  Note these costs put the project toward the more expensive end of the Cost Per MW spectrum as shown in the Q Vision market analysis lens below. (See more at )

Q Vision Cost Per MW

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Q FWE Introduces
Project Economics Calculators

Quest FWE introduces its Project Economics Calculators designed to verify assumptions, make comparisons and/or simply check variable inputs.

The Q FWE Project CapEx Calculator can be used to determine a CapEx Threshold for your FTU-Floating Turbine Unit Project, based on a 20 year lifespan, allowing user specified inputs for: Turbine Size (MW), Capacity Factor at Location, Electricity Feed-In Tariff, level of annual OpEx, and targeted annualized Pre-tax Rate of Return.

The Q FWE Project FiT Calculator can be used to determine the required FiT (Feed-In Tariff) for your FTU-Floating Turbine Unit Project, based on a 20 year lifespan, allowing user specified inputs for: CapEx, Number of FTU’s, Turbine Size (MW), level of OpEx, targeted annualized Pre-tax Rate of Return, and Capacity Factor at Location.

These can be accessed on our Q FWEconomics Page

Concept of the Month
The Stiesdal TetraSpar

Henrik Stiesdal (Stiesdal Offshore Technologies, or SOT) designed the TetraSpar based on his vision that once a floater goes into commercialization its design will need to facilitate easy, serial production. Therefore, the TetraSpar will be built in standardized, light weight components and brought together first at the assembly stage of the project. This way the fabrication of the components can be spread over a larger number of fabricators, not only preventing bottle necks but also to spread the economic effect over a larger community so that local content can be maximized. Although the design resembles that of a semisub, it features a ‘keel’ that once ballasted, turns the floater into a Spar with attractive dynamic properties.

At the time we chose TetraSpar as the concept of the month, we didn’t know Shell and Innogy would announce that same week to back Stiesdal for the building of the demonstrator planned to come online in 2019 at the Karmoy test site, Norway in 200m deep water. The TetraSpar can also be installed in shallower waters (>50) in a TLP or Semisub configuration.

The TetraSpar technology has also been selected by Magellan Wind and CIP (Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners) in the US to position itself for floating projects offshore California.

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