Ocean Winds and Monash to advance offshore wind

Floating offshore wind turbines against cloudy blue sky (gippsland)
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Global offshore wind power company Ocean Winds has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Monash University, with both organisations agreeing to work together to foster job opportunities, build a sustainable supply chain through research and joint initiatives, and develop innovative ways to preserve Australia’s rich biodiversity in the context of offshore wind development.

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A 50-50 joint venture by EDP Renewables and ENGIE, Ocean Winds’ High Sea Wind project has been awarded a feasibility licence for the Gippsland offshore wind zone off the coast of Victoria.

Ocean Winds’ collaboration with Monash will leverage the university’s cutting-edge research capabilities and OW’s industry expertise and pioneer position to implement effective strategies to minimise potential impacts on marine species.

The collaboration will also seek to advance environmental assessment methodologies, monitor pathways and predictive tools to optimise outcomes in both energy transition and wildlife conservation.

Monash University deputy vice-chancellor Professor Doron Ben-Meir said, “Monash University’s collaboration with Ocean Winds shows our unwavering commitment to bolstering industry capabilities for climate change mitigation. By working together, we will optimise our ability to propel the offshore wind industry forward and create innovative avenues for economic growth in Australia.”

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Ocean Winds chief business development officer Rafael Munilla Muñoz said, “We are excited to collaborate with Monash University on this transformative initiative. By combining our expertise in offshore wind energy with Monash University’s research capabilities, we aim to drive positive environmental outcomes and contribute to Australia’s sustainable energy transition through offshore wind. At Ocean Winds, we are strongly committed to collaborate with education institutions and academia to foster a sustainable industry and skilled workforce.”

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