NextFloat: Pioneering Floating Wind Tech Across Europe

A pan-European project has launched in Paris to accelerate the roll out of the next generation of floating wind technology for a competitive, more scalable and industrial deployment.

The ambitious initiative is being led by a consortium of 13 partners from eight countries including Technip Energies as project coordinator, X1Wind, Naturgy, 2B Energy, Hellenic Cables, Technical University of Denmark, Hydro, Ecole Centrale de Nantes, Schwartz Hautmont, Ocas, Tersan Shipyard, Ocean Ecostructures and Cybernetix.

Backed by the European Commission under the Horizon Europe program with public funding of €16 million, plus private funding from partners and shareholders, the project is anticipated to run until 2027.

Laure Mandrou, SVP Carbon-Free Energy Solutions of Technip Energies, says: “Floating wind is one of the lowest carbon electricity generation systems to meet the energy demand in a sustainable way. The NextFloat Project represents a unique opportunity to test a novel and disruptive version of this technology at full scale, driving cost curve reductions in order to deliver industrial-scale projects at the earliest possible stage.”