With an initiative to cooperate on a research station in North ÅLand, OX2 aims to develop and test different methods to increase biodiversity. Wind projects developed by OX2 around ÅLand are connected to this initiative. Research launched by OX2 to increase biodiversity for offshore wind projects in ÅLand.
The Swedish energy company OX2 is all set to cooperate with Under Ytan and Nemo Seafarms. These companies are known developers of commercial algae and seaweed farming combined with ecosystem services like growing mussels and fish habitats. This way they reduce the adverse effects of over fertilization in the sea.
The companies will investigate how they can combine their operations with large scale offshore wind farms to increase biodiversity in the Baltic Sea and thus improve the ecosystem at large. OX2 mentioned that reef formations around the foundations and fish hotels for cod are some other areas in the list of investigative places.
Founder of Under Ytan, Joel Lindholm said, “We will create opportunities for large-scale farming of macro algae and hope that the people living on Åland as well as visitors and people living around the Baltic Sea will be able to buy the seaweed produced in these areas in their food stores in the near future.”
Lotta Nummelin, marine biologist, OX2 Åland, said, “The conclusions from the project will have a direct effect on the establishment of the Noatun wind farms, but also on the projects Halla, Laine and Tyrsky in the Gulf of Bothnia and for the projects OX2 are developing in Sweden.”
The company has various offshore wind projects in the Baltic Sea and Gulf of Bothnia on both Finnish and Swedish sides. Finnish Halla and Laine offshore wind projects along with Noatun wind farms near ÅLand are included in this. The estimated energy capacity of Noatun wind farms is around 5,000 MW.
The list of wind farms by OX2 also includes the Tyrsky wind farm in the Gulf of Bothnia with an estimated energy capacity of 1.4 GW, and it lies in the Finnish economic zone. And with research launched by OX2 to increase biodiversity for offshore wind projects in ÅLand more growth is expected in the wind sector.