RWE Launches Global Floating Wind Co-Use Competition to Support Biodiversity

Global energy and offshore wind firm RWE, has launched its first global “Floating Wind Co-use Competition” to seek solutions that will promote co-existence with other sea users and biodiversity enhancement that can be specifically applied to floating offshore wind projects.

RWE is inviting start-ups, scale-ups, research institutes as well as other individuals and organisations to propose solutions to promote co-existence with other sea-based activities to support local marine stakeholders – especially the fisheries.

Furthermore, the company is looking for innovations, which minimise the environmental impact on wildlife and which have a net-positive impact on biodiversity. The innovations should provide positive opportunities for local marine stakeholders, and ideally protect the marine ecosystem simultaneously.

The eventual winners will get the chance to explore the value of their innovation for floating offshore wind farms with RWE’s in-house experts and to work with RWE’s global development teams, which drive forward floating wind projects in Europe, Asia, and America. The winners are also eligible for a monetary research grant to further develop their ideas.

Commenting on the initiative Sven Utermöhlen, CEO of RWE Offshore Wind said: “We see sustainability and biodiversity enhancement as integral parts during the development, construction, and operation of our wind farms.”

“We have installed the world’s first recyclable rotor blades, signed an agreement for ‘green’ fuel service operation vessels and we are looking into artificial reefs to enhance biodiversity – to name only a few examples.”

“Now, we want to further promote new technology and new ideas for floating offshore wind, which especially supports our strategy to build biodiversity net positive offshore wind farms in the future,” Utermöhlen added.