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Refreshing wind blows through the energy industry

Offshore windfarm
Offshore wind energy is an application LKAB Minerals supplies their high density MagnaDense ballast to.

WindEnergy Hamburg 2016 was by far one of the most inspiring energy exhibition we participated in for some time.

This young and dynamic event focusing on renewable energy attracts a different type of business people. We met a lot of engineers and managers from both well-known and well-established companies as well as from relatively young and new companies. The one thing they all had in common was their positive attitude and out-of-the-box thinking towards the future of wind energy. We felt very inspired with all the positive vibes that we got during the 4-day show.

A bright future for floating offshore wind foundations

The first commercial floating wind farm currently under construction is the Hywind Scotland Pilot Park on the Scottish coast. For this project we supplied a large volume of high density MagnaDense, that will lower the centre of gravity of the floating foundation to keep the wind turbine not only upright but it will also stabilizes so the foundation will not be influenced by sea waves and currents.

For water depths over 50 meters the floating foundations promise to be the most favourable and economic solution. No other type of foundation is able to meet the requirements to increase turbine dimensions, to gain an increase in the scale of economy.

How do offshore foundations benefit from MagnaDense?

Because of its high density (up to 5.2 t/m3) MagnaDense, derived from the natural mineral magnetite, gives your project the weight it needs within the specified dimensions. Our material can be used either as loose ballast or mixed into concrete depending the demands of the project.

In addition and in line with economic and environmental situations in wind energy projects, our MagnaDense is:

  • Recyclable
  • Non-toxic
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Natural
  • Readily available

Would you like to know more about MagnaDense and the possibilities it offers for a next project? Getting in touch is easy; please email or call us. You will find our contact details via the MagnaDense product page contact box or on our global contact page.

You can also meet us at the next wind energy show; AWEA Offshore Windpower in Warwick, RI, USA from October 25 to 27 2016.