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Youwind’s Tools for Rapid Offshore Wind Screening adopted by ACCIONA Energía

Leading global developer deploys Youwind’s web-based technology to expedite early phase development for a growing offshore wind pipeline

Barcelona, 30th April 2024 — Youwind Renewables, a leading provider of web-based solutions for optimizing early-stage offshore wind development, has announced that Acciona Energía, a global leader in renewable energy, is using its technology to accelerate offshore wind site selection and evaluate its current pipeline of projects.

With nearly 30 years of experience in the development, construction, operation, and maintenance of wind farms, Acciona Energía has established itself as a frontrunner in the renewable energy sector. The company boasts an impressive portfolio, comprising over 6,500 wind turbines and a total installed capacity of  13,500 MW – of which 9,387MW correspond to onshore wind. The business is now seeking to expand its presence in offshore wind, exploring development opportunities across several global territories.

Since 2023, Acciona Energía has been using Youwind’s advanced web-based tools for the evaluation of offshore wind development opportunities, including its Pixel area screening tool, and Pixel Park layout optimization tool.

Pixel helps to identify the optimum locations for wind farm development based on technical and financial factors, producing a Levelized Cost of Energy (LCoE) heat map to support the rapid selection of promising sites.

Pixel Park is an advanced web-based application designed to generate detailed wind farm layouts rapidly for any site worldwide, taking into account site-specific bathymetry and geography. This tool allows users to model the technical and financial performance of layouts, including all major wind farm components such as turbines, foundations, substations, and cable routes, for floating and fixed-bottom installations. Moreover, Pixel Park can simulate and evaluate layouts that incorporate crucial redundancy and resiliency measures, such as multiple offshore substations connected by an interlink.

“We are thrilled to work with Acciona Energía. We know Youwind can enhance and help them accelerate their offshore wind development initiatives,” said Anna Rivera, CEO and co-founder of Youwind Renewables. “Together we have fostered a collaborative way of working, providing a great demonstration of how industry leaders like Acciona can boost their processing power to optimize project development and drive sustainable energy innovation forward.”

About Youwind:

Youwind is the web-based solution for accelerating offshore wind development.

Founded in 2019 by industry engineers with over 15 years’ experience in offshore wind development, Youwind’s innovative technology streamlines and optimises the initial phases of offshore wind project development, reducing early-stage development timelines by 80%.

By leveraging a highly accurate, but flexible database, critical decision making in project development, including design, can be made in seconds.

Partnering with some of the most respected research institutions, such as TU Delft and DTU, Youwind continues to innovate to address current and future offshore wind development challenges, ensuring a consistently evolving solution for project modelling, optimization and yield performance.