Scottish renewables newcomer, Encomara, has introduced groundbreaking solutions for the installation of floating offshore wind turbines. The company's patented turbine installation technology, designed to enhance life-cycle efficiency, safety, sustainability, and reliability, is applicable regardless of water depth.
Encomara's initial patented product, named SQUID, stands as a quick connector for power cables, mooring lines, and anchor interfaces, streamlining the "plug-to-power" process. This technology enables the pre-installation and pre-commissioning of marine hardware, effectively reducing the costs and risks associated with installing floating offshore wind turbines, even in challenging sea conditions.
Furthermore, SQUID facilitates a viable "tow-to-port" methodology, potentially delivering similar cost and time savings during the operational, re-power, and decommissioning phases.
Encomara CEO, Raymond Semple, highlighted the expected growth in the floating offshore wind sector, with projections suggesting that by 2050, 15% of offshore wind energy will be generated by floating turbines, equivalent to around 15,000 turbines. He emphasized Encomara's agility and dynamic approach to delivering fast, efficient turbine installation, operations and maintenance, and eventual decommissioning.
Founded in 2022 in Aberdeen, Encomara is led by four industry veterans with over 30 years of experience in the energy sector: Ian Cobban (COO), Malcolm Bowie (CTO), Ian Donald (Executive Chairman), and Raymond Semple.
The company is actively seeking to expand its onshore workforce and attract engineering talent in the coming six months as it continues to innovate and contribute to the growth of the renewable energy industry.