Wind Energy – Floating Wind
A centre to help develop floating offshore wind farms has been launched in Aberdeen, with Nicola Sturgeon praising the ‘world-first’ renewable energy project.
The £9 million National Floating Wind Innovation Centre will simulate and then test components of floating structures, including moorings and anchors, dynamic cables and electrical systems that can be used for floating offshore wind turbines.
Scotland’s First Minister visited the launch of the centre being funded by Energy Transition Zone (ETZ Ltd) and the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult with the aim of increasing the commercial viability of offshore wind.
It follows the ScotWind announcement where rights to 17 offshore wind projects off the Scottish coast were awarded to firms, with more than half of the expected energy generated coming from floating wind farms.
The centre aims to support both the development of a floating wind supply chain as well as helping developers, operators, equipment manufacturers and developers with research, testing, deployment of offshore technology.