Japanese utility Kansai Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) has joined the DemoSATH project as a strategic partner and co-investor.
DemoSATH is a full-scale prototype deployment project for a 2 MW wind turbine in BiMEP, an open-sea test site.
As well having a 2 MW capacity upon completion, DemoSATH’s floating turbine will have 96 meter rotors, hybrid line moorings and drag anchors.
KEPCO aims to accelerate the project’s progress, drawing on its extensive experience and expertise in the energy sector.
With this partnership, KEPCO reportedly becomes the second world-class utility to join DemoSATH Project since RWE Offshore Wind, which joined in 2020.
The companies believe the collaboration between Saitec Offshore Technologies, RWE Offshore Wind, and now KEPCO will create a powerful alliance that could drive innovation. It is set to accelerate the commercialization of the SATH floating wind solution and contribute to the transition towards a more sustainable energy future.
Together, these companies aim to leverage their collective resources, knowledge, and expertise to maximize the success of the DemoSATH project and advance the adoption of floating wind technology on a global scale.
Saitec Offshore’s CCO Immanuel Capano says, “Our partnership with KEPCO marks a significant milestone for the DemoSATH project. KEPCO’s vast experience and considerable resources amplify our capabilities, bringing a new level of expertise to our collective efforts. This partnership symbolizes not just an alliance, but a shared vision for the immense potential of floating wind energy.”
KEPCO’s Executive Officer & Deputy Director of Renewable Energy Division, Kazumi Ogura, adds, “As KEPCO, we are very pleased to be here today and to be a part of such a superb project-DemoSATH. We will make the most of our expertise to contribute to the success of the project, and we are confident that our participation in DemoSATH will allow us to take a giant step forward in realizing our goals and vision at floating offshore wind industry.”