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Transforming offshore experience into floating wind expertise

What role will floating offshore wind play in the energy transition? Global assurance and risk management company DNV, joined by Equinor, explores the topic in a film, offering insights into the opportunities that lie ahead.Published 24 June 2024 (updated 3 Jul 2024) · 2 min read
DNV testing facility for offshore wind components

“I hope that my children see that I have a job that I find meaningful, which contributes to technology development and innovation within renewables,” says Principal Engineer at DNV, Anne Lene Haukanes Hopstad. She started out working with offshore pipelines and moved to renewables when floating wind emerged as an industry.

“The oil and gas industry has done a lot of technology development and innovation that is very relevant for renewables. So now the floating wind industry is able to benefit from this experience,” she explains.

You can watch the film below.

Trust and transformation in the energy transition

DNV is dedicated to protecting life, property and the environment. Offering cutting-edge digital solutions to manage risk and enhance safety and asset performance across technologies such as vessels, pipelines, offshore structures and electric grids, the company’s vision is to be a trusted voice to tackle global transformations.

Magnus Ebbeson (formerly Floating Wind Segment Lead at DNV, now Director of Origination and Decision Support at Aker Solutions) believes that wind power will play an important role in the energy transition.

“It's really encouraging to see all these players from the maritime industry, from the bottom-fixed wind industry as well as from the oil and gas industry. Really big players are going now into floating wind,” he says.

I hope that my children see that I have a job that I find meaningful, which contributes to technology development and innovation within renewables.

Anne Lene Haukanes Hopstad

Principal Engineer, Renewable Certification, DNV

A Scottish floating wind success

One of the big offshore wind players is Equinor. The company is not, however, new to the game. With close to 20 years’ experience in the field, it is one of the leading developers in floating offshore wind. In the film, Leif Delp, Senior Advisor Floating Offshore Wind at Equinor, highlights Hywind Scotland, which the company developed and now operates.

“Hywind Scotland is the world's first floating wind farm and will produce power to
20 000 Scottish homes. It has performed extremely well, exceeding our expectations.”

Equinor has since installed Hywind Tampen, the world’s largest floating wind farm and the first built specifically to power offshore oil and gas installations.