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Floating Wind Technology Acceleration Competition

This competition has now closed.

Could your technology work for floating wind?

We are looking for solutions to technical challenges facing the floating offshore wind industry on behalf of the Floating Wind Joint Industry Project (JIP).

If you are a private company, not-for-profit organisation or academic institution with a relevant technology, you could be eligible to receive up to £250k in Scottish Government grant funding in order to progress the development of this technology.

 

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Why floating offshore wind?

The offshore wind industry is growing rapidly as technologies mature, prices fall and ever larger projects are constructed. But the floating wind sector, where turbines are constructed on floating structures, is at an earlier stage of development and a number of challenges need to be overcome in order to allow large scale deployment of this technology.   

The scale of opportunity in floating offshore wind is, however, likely to be great. By 2030, we estimate that a further 12GW of floating wind capacity could be built globally, requiring around £32.4bn of capital investment.

What are we looking for?

The competition has a particular emphasis on technologies that could offer solutions to the following challenges:

Challenge 1: Technologies that will allow effective and safe major component exchange offshore.

Challenge 2: Technologies that will allow cost effective and safe disconnection and re-connection operations when turbine foundations are towed to port.

Challenge 3: Technology that will allow cost effective, safe and reliable monitoring and inspection for offshore wind farms.

Challenge 4: Methods, materials or technologies that allow easier and safe installation and reduce maintenance requirements of mooring systems, thereby reducing overall cost.

Miscellaneous category: Other technologies that will reduce the cost of floating offshore wind, such as reducing installation times, improving ancillary hardware used with export cables, allowing serial fabrication or reducing maintenance requirements. Plus, other technologies related to floating wind operations and maintenance (including port and logistical requirements).

For more detailed information see Competition scope and application guidance (pdf)

How will you benefit?

There is £1m of grant funding available, with each successful project able to receive up to £250k. The competition is expected to support between four and ten projects in total.

The competition is funded by the Scottish Government and supported by the Floating Wind Joint Industry Project (JIP). Participating in this competition provides the opportunity to work with the Floating Wind JIP developers – 14 leading offshore wind developers - who may offer additional (non-financial) support and advice to project entrants. Competition entrants may also work with Floating Wind JIP developers on a commercial basis following the completion of any projects funded under this competition. 

Eligibility criteria

The competition is open to private companies, not-for-profit organisations and academic institutions, both in the UK and internationally, and we welcome entries from single companies and consortia.

Members of the Floating Wind JIP and their subsidiaries may enter but they will not participate in the evaluation of entries and must demonstrate how they would manage any conflicts of interest. 

Match funding according to State Aid regulations is required.

Funding can be used to support technology development across a range of Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) from early stage proof of concept or lab testing, to supporting the delivery of an operational prototype (TRLs 3-7).

The technology concept submissions should have the potential to be deployed cost effectively on commercial-scale wind farms (one with a minimum capacity of 500MW, with a turbine size in the range of 10-15MW). We are particularly interested in technologies that are interoperable with several different floating wind platform and turbine designs.

The competition will not fund:

- projects to develop new floating wind platform or turbine design
- the design of dynamic export cables
- projects primarily aimed at supporting fixed-bottom offshore wind turbines

Application process

  1. Please read the Competition scope and application guidance (pdf) before registering to apply.
  2. Complete the Register to apply form below. Once submitted you will be taken to the main application page. Completing this form will ensure you receive regular updates on the competition throughout the application window.
  3. Download and complete the application documents from the application page. Please pay close attention to the specific requirements for each form.
  4. All completed documents should be sent as attachments on an email to FloatingWind@carbontrust.com by 09.00 (GMT) on Tuesday 5 November 2019.

Competition timeline

Competition launches Wednesday 11 September
Deadline for receipt of clarification questions Tuesday 29 October 2019 -  09.00 (GMT)
Deadline for applications Tuesday 5 November 2019 - 09:00 (GMT)
Shortlisted entrants notified  By Tuesday 26 November
Presentation of shortlisted entries to Floating Wind JIP developers Early December
Successful applicants notified Friday 6 December
Contracts signed by Thursday 19 December
Projects start December 2019/January 2020
Projects completed (at the latest) 31 January 2021

Further information

Competition scope and application guidance (pdf)

For questions please email: floatingwind@carbontrust.com

Clarification questions must be received before 09.00 (GMT) on Tuesday 29 October


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