Floating UK innovation projects get £60m – reNews

The UK government is today announcing 11 successful floating offshore wind projects which will receive over £60 million in public and private investment to develop new technologies.

Each project will receive up to £10m from the government as it offers £31.6m to increase the amount of renewable energy generated in the country.

In addition, industry will match the investment, bringing the total to over £60m, which will boost green energy investment in parts of the country, including Aberdeen, Swansea and Yorkshire.

Beneficiaries of the Floating Offshore Wind Demonstration Program funding include SenseWind, Geodis FF, Xodus Group and ORE Catapult, who are receiving £10 million for a project combining a compact floating foundation with a new anchoring system securing it to the seabed and advanced monitoring technology that allows for maintenance to be planned and performed at sea, saving on towing costs to shore.

A turbine of 2 MW or more will be demonstrated in UK waters.

Marine Power Systems has been awarded £3,466,083 to develop a floating foundation with a small footprint and an integrated wave power generator to improve power quality.

JDR Cables and Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult will receive £1,606,711 to develop and test electrical cabling systems.

Buoyant Production Technologies and the University of Southampton will receive £238,724 to demonstrate that a patented design can be used to support substation equipment connecting floating wind farms to the power grid.

AWC Technology in Aberdeen will receive £760,874 to advance the development of an articulated wind turbine column designed to reduce construction, installation and maintenance costs.

Reflex Marine, the University of Exeter, Bridon Bekaert Ropes Group and Wood Thilsted Partners have secured £882,283 to develop a new anchoring system that will secure floating turbine cables to the seabed at a fraction of the weight of some existing anchors.

London Marine Consultants and the University of Plymouth will receive £264,924 to bring to market a mooring system that will simplify the initial installation of floating turbines and allow simple disconnection in the event of maintenance.

Copenhagen Offshore Partners, SSE Renewables, Maersk Supply Service Subsea and Bridon Bekaert Ropes Group will receive £9,656,980 to develop and demonstrate new mooring system technologies, cable protection, floating turbine base design and a advanced digital monitoring.

Cerulean Winds is awarded £825,692 for the development of an integrated system between mooring, floating foundation and wind turbine for deployment at an offshore oil and gas installation in the North Sea or West Shetland.

Aker Solutions is awarded £690,454 for applying cable manufacturing techniques that simplify and reduce the cost of offshore installation and developing an underwater substation design connecting floating wind farms to the power grid.

Trivane, London Marine Consultants, Keynvormorlift and Ledwood are awarded £3,268,058 to develop a trimaran mounting system for wind turbines.

Energy Minister Greg Hands said: “We are already a world leader in offshore wind and floating technology is key to unlocking the full potential of the seas around Britain.

“These innovative projects will help us to further and faster develop renewables across the UK and reduce our exposure to volatile global gas prices.”

Deborah Greaves, Director of Supergen ORE Hub, said: “I am delighted that the Floating Offshore Wind Demonstration Program is supporting new projects in key areas of research and innovation for the ORE sector.

“The new projects are well-aligned with the Supergen ORE hub research landscape and demonstrate the great benefit to the sector of academics and industry experts working closely together – using their combined knowledge and expertise – to advance the UK’s Net Zero strategy.”

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