Innovators developing floating offshore wind technology around the UK coastline have today received funding of over £31million from the UK government.
The Scotland-based projects will each receive up to £10m for floating offshore wind research, helping to keep the UK a clean energy leader and accelerating the transition to clean energy. renewable electricity.
Government funding will be complemented by more than £30m of industry funding, with projects in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, as well as areas of England set to benefit.
UK Government Minister for Scotland Malcolm Offord said: “Scotland is uniquely placed to lead the way in wind power – which is why this investment from the UK government, matched by industry, is so important.
“Not only will this contribute to the UK’s net zero ambitions, it will create and support thousands of high quality jobs as we move towards a more sustainable future.”
The floating offshore wind demonstration is a stepping stone to substantial growth in floating offshore wind technology in the UK.
The projects will conduct research into innovative mooring, cabling and foundation solutions for floating wind turbines, paving the way for further investment in this emerging technology and providing export opportunities.
One such project receiving over £9.6m is a collaborative program based in Edinburgh, Belfast, London and Doncaster, developing and demonstrating new mooring system technologies, cable protection, cable design floating turbine base and an advanced digital monitoring system.
Meanwhile, a joint project between Aberdeen, Cambridge, Feltham and Blyth will receive £10million for proposing a compact floating turbine foundation and a system to secure it to the seabed which seeks to enable the demonstration of a 2 MW or more in UK waters.
Aberdeen-based AWC Technology will also receive more than £760,000 to develop a column of floating offshore wind turbines designed to reduce construction, installation and maintenance costs.
Today’s announcement follows support for floating offshore wind in the fourth allocation round of the Contracts for Difference scheme, where £24m per year has been earmarked for this emerging technology.
It also follows the Prime Minister’s announcement in October of £160 million in funding to develop and build new ports and large-scale floating offshore wind farms in the UK.
The funding recipients of the Floating Offshore Wind Demonstration Program are:
- Copenhagen Offshore Partners (Edinburgh), SSE Renewables (Belfast), Maersk Supply Service Subsea (London) and Bridon Bekaert Ropes Group (Doncaster): £9.65 million to develop and demonstrate new mooring system technologies, the cable protection, floating turbine base design and an advanced digital monitoring system.
- AWC Technology (Aberdeen): £760,874 to advance the development of an articulated wind turbine column designed to reduce construction, installation and maintenance costs.
- Reflex Marine (Aberdeen) the University of Exeter, Bridon Bekaert Ropes Group (Doncaster) and Wood Thilsted Partners (Godalming): £882,283 for the development of a new anchoring system that will secure floating turbine cables to the bottom sailor at a fraction of the weight of some existing anchors.
- SenseWind (Cambridge), Geodis FF (Feltham), Xodus Group (Aberdeen) and Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (Blyth): £10m for a project combining a compact floating foundation with a new anchoring system fixing it to the seabed and a advanced monitoring technology that allows offshore maintenance to be planned and performed.
- London Marine Consultants and the University of Plymouth: £264,924 to bring to market a mooring system which will simplify the initial installation of floating turbines and allow simple disconnection in the event of maintenance.
- Marine Power Systems (Swansea): £3.46 million to develop a floating foundation with a small footprint and an integrated wave power generator to improve power quality.
- Cerulean Winds (Guildford): £825,692 for the development of an integrated system between mooring, floating foundation and wind turbine to be deployed at an offshore oil and gas installation in the North Sea or West Shetland.
- Aker Solutions (London): £690,454 for the application of cable manufacturing techniques that simplify and reduce the cost of offshore installation and the development of an underwater substation design connecting floating wind farms to the electrical network.
- Trivane (Newquay), London Marine Consultants, Keynvormorlift (Newquay) and Ledwood (Pembroke Dock): £3.26 million for the development of a trimaran mounting system for wind turbines.
- JDR Cables (Hartlepool) and Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (Blyth): £1.6 million for the development and testing of electrical cabling systems.
- Buoyant Production Technologies (Farnham) and the University of Southampton: £238,724 to demonstrate that a patented design can be used to support substation equipment connecting floating wind farms to the power grid.
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