At the moment the project is still on paper, but the plans of Norwegian startup Windcatching aim to install mini wind turbines on a huge wall, 300 meters high (i.e., as high as the Eiffel Tower) and 350 meters wide, which will then be placed in the middle of the sea, where it will float without maintaining a fixed position like traditional offshore blades.
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Windcatching reported that a single wall of mini wind turbines would be able to power the energy needs of 80 thousand households
In the challenge toward the green transition, technology will help make not only energy from renewable sources more widespread and cheaper but also less discontinuous and weather-dependent. Founded in Oslo in 2017, Windcatching closed its $10 million Series A round in 2022 led by GM Ventures, the corporate venture capital of U.S. giant General Motors.
Windcatching reported that a single wall of mini wind turbines would be able to power the energy needs of 80 thousand households, and five of these installations would be enough to replace 25 conventional turbines. Among the most frequent criticisms of wind power is certainly that concerning the bulkiness of the blades, both on land and at sea. Then there is the issue of wildlife and biodiversity protection: the presence of offshore installations poses a real risk to bird life. On this aspect, however, the company would seem committed to reducing the dangers to animals.
The startup described its walls of mini-blades as floating wind farms based on a multi-turbine design. The design calls for each wall to have 126 turbines, but at the moment Windcatching plans to start with smaller sizes (up to a maximum of 12).
Investing in the project are not only private individuals such as General Motors but also the Norwegian government through ENOVA, which has funded the project with nearly $900,000. The sustainability sector is among the most crowded in terms of startups, and the wind power sector is no exception: there are several entities engaged like Windcatching in studying and proposing solutions. CNBC cites the cases of Kitemill and SeaTwirl.
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