- Published: 12 September 2023 12 September 2023
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) has announced that the company invests in the floating wind technology start-up, TouchWind. The tilting angled one-piece rotor wind turbine which is being developed by TouchWind aims to reduce wind interference between wind turbines that tends to occur in large wind farms and improve overall wind farm power generation efficiency.
In addition, its design enables the wind turbines to operate in strong winds, reduces the weight of the wind turbine and floating parts, and aims to improve the utilisation rate and the economics of the wind turbine equipment through their lifecycle. Since 2019, TouchWind has been conducting tests to demonstrate the principle of its wind turbine technology with the help of grants from the Government of the Netherlands and supporting companies. In July 2023, TouchWind received a grant from the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, Government of the Netherlands, to manufacture up to 10 wind turbines with a rotor diameter of 6 m (output 12 kW). From 2024 to 2025, TouchWind plans to conduct tests to verify the effect of reducing wind interference between wind turbines on land and in the sea in the Netherlands.