A new report commissioned by the Crown Estate Scotland has found that not only does floating offshore wind have an important role to play in the UK’s plans to generate 50 gigawatts (GW) from offshore wind by 2050 but that it could support up to 17,000 jobs and provide £33.6 billion in added value. The UK offshore wind industry is, by a significant margin, the most developed and busy in the world, with over 7 GW worth of operational offshore capacity and a further 7 GW under construction or with contracts secured. It gets better, too, when you expand the definition of “pipeline” to include projects in development, bringing the UK’s offshore wind portfolio up to over 35 GW. The UK is, therefore, and unsurprisingly, the world’s floating offshore wind leader as well, home to the only (currently) operational floating offshore wind farm — the 30 MW Hywind Scotland which began operations in late 2017 and which quickly began outperforming expectations. (What is expected to be the world’s second floating offshore wind farm took a further step forward last week in Portugal.)
Clean Technica 30th Oct 2018 read more »
Kincardine up and running – the only one of 3 Scottish floating projects to reach the RO deadline.
4C Offshore 30th Oct 2018 read more »