For offshore wind to meet growing demand for renewable energy it must expand. In certain new and emerging offshore wind markets, there is limited potential for fixed-bottom projects and floating wind is required. Sites further from shore also tend to benefit from more consistent wind resource, meaning floating wind can deliver higher yields.
A commercial future for floating
The Floating Wind JIP is a collaborative R&D initiative between the Carbon Trust and 15 leading international offshore wind developers, with support from the Scottish Government, created to investigate the challenges and opportunities of developing commercial-scale floating wind farms.
Since its formation in 2016, the JIP has delivered several studies outlining the critical needs for the sector to reach cost parity with other low carbon energy sources, and run innovation competitions to support the development of viable technologies with the potential to meet some of these needs.
The Floating Wind JIP’s work is prioritised around industry-identified innovation needs and includes projects in the following areas: access, yield, moorings, heavy lift maintenance, tow to port maintenance, dynamic cables and monitoring and inspection.
Phase II report
Read the latest from the Floating Wind JIP in the Phase II summary report on technology challenges with analysis on the state of the offshore floating market.
History of the Floating Wind JIP
Stage I of the Floating Wind JIP began in 2016, and its workstreams included:
- Policy and regulation: outlining the policy and regulatory requirements for the floating wind industry
- Cost sensitivity analysis: assessing the current and expected future cost of floating wind, including sensitivity attributed to changing environmental and technical parameters
- Technology and risk: assessing technology risks to developing, constructing, and operating a floating wind farm, together with identification of key innovation needs
These projects identified several critical focus areas that need to be addressed in order to commercialise floating wind technology.
Stage II was then launched to undertake more detailed assessments of key technology challenges common to multiple floating wind concepts and to support innovation to develop the solutions needed for large-scale floating wind arrays. Stage II is set to take place over four phases to 2021.
Ongoing tenders for projects under the Floating Wind JIP will be posted on our tenders page.