The Anonymous Widower

MingYang Turbines to Spin on Hexicon’s Floating Offshore Wind Project

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on offshoreWIND.biz.

This is the sub-heading, which outlines MingYang’s part in the project.

Hexicon has selected China-headquartered Mingyang Smart Energy (Mingyang) as the preferred turbine supplier for its flagship 32 MW TwinHub floating offshore wind project in the UK.

These two paragraphs add more detail.

Hexicon has also awarded Mingyang the wind turbine generator Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) contract for the project, which is located 16 kilometres off the coast of Cornwall, England.

TwinHub will use Hexicon’s TwinWind floating foundation technology which will allow two of Mingyang’s MySE 8.0-180 wind turbines to be placed on a single foundation, which could enable more energy to be generated in a given area while reducing the environmental impact compared with a single foundation.

It’s rather a pity, that Swedish company; Hexicon should be using Chinese turbines and design contracts.

  • I’m sure that one of the European manufacturers could have supplied 8 MW turbines.
  • Some might even have parts made in the UK.

Perhaps, Hexicon see China as a major market for their TwinHub floating foundation technology.

On the other hand, I have experience of doing the floatation mathematics for large structures from my work with Balaena Structures in the 1970s and feel they are not as straightforward as some might think. But Hexicon may feel their design doesn’t hold any secrets!

November 21, 2022 - Posted by | Energy | , , , , , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. Mind you more chance of Chinese setting up shop in the UK than the european suppliers

    Comment by Nicholas Lewis | November 21, 2022 | Reply

    • Could it also be that Sweden don’t seem to have a turbine manufacturer of their own. Perhaps, an Anglo-Swedish one is needed? Astra-Zeneca and the NLAW seem to do alright!

      Comment by AnonW | November 21, 2022 | Reply

  2. According to press reports about a year ago….”Chinese wind turbine manufacturer MingYang Smart Energy has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the UK Department for International Trade (DIT), under which the two parties will cooperate on bringing MingYang’s investment plans for the UK’s offshore wind sector to realisation.
    The agreement, signed by MingYang’s President and CTO Qiying Zhang and John Edwards, Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for China at DIT, will focus on MingYang investing in a blade manufacturing factory, a service center and potentially a turbine assembly factory in the UK.”
    European wind turbine manufacturers have been laying of staff because of the overly ‘competitive’ nature of winning business, however we know that China doesn’t play by the economical model espoused by Europe and US.
    We shall see where this all leads.

    Comment by fammorris | November 21, 2022 | Reply


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