The funding comes from the “Horizon 2020 framework programme for innovation and research from 2014 to 2020”.
The Coolwind project is based on Future Technology’s FSCC technology and the experience and knowledge derived from Future Technology’s subsea cooling project for the oil & gas and offshore wind industry.
The goal of the Coolwind project is to get a subsea cooler unit installed and operating on a live HVDC platform as a pilot. The FSCC cooler offers an improvement to the existing sea water pump-based cooling systems used on HVDC-platforms. Once successfully proven in service, this will enable the new technology to replace these systems on new offshore platforms.
Ivar Espedal, the project manager of the Coolwind project, explains the implications this funding has for the technology development:
This funding is first of all a recognition of the level of quality, innovation and importance that this project represents. Secondly the funding will make it easier for collaborative partners to get involved in the project by reducing the investment required to build and install a pilot unit.
Read more about the European Commission and the Horizon programme here