Floating wind technology acceleration competition: Project summaries

Eight innovation projects were funded by the Scottish Government and supported by our Floating Wind Joint Industry Project (FLW JIP).

FLW JIP summary report cover


The Carbon Trust, in collaboration with the offshore wind developers in the Floating Wind JIP, and funded by the Scottish Government, designed the £1 million Floating Wind Technology Acceleration Competition (FLW TAC) to identify, assess and support technologies with the greatest potential to support floating wind development in the following four areas: 

  • Challenge 1: Exchanging large turbine components on moving floating foundation structures
  • Challenge 2: Disconnection and re-connection of foundation structures, when they are towed to and from ports for maintenance
  • Challenge 3: Monitoring and inspection of mooring lines, cables and foundation structures
  • Challenge 4: Manufacturing, installation and maintenance of mooring lines and anchors

An overview of all eight projects has been published alongside summaries of key findings and achievements of each project.

Publication date: June 2021

Key findings

FLW TAC has enabled the projects selected to further develop designs and, in some cases, manufacture and test prototype products. The projects started with a range of Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) and all made substantial progress over the course of their projects with some now commercially available or having secured larger scale demonstration funding. 

A key benefit of the competition has been the opportunity for technology developers to engage directly with offshore wind developers in the Floating Wind JIP, to understand their technology needs and the evidence they require to make decisions on the innovations to include in future projects. 

Related links

Floating wind innovation ramps up as results from Scottish Government-backed competition released

Floating Wind Joint Industry Project (FLW JIP)

Accelerating Scotland’s Leadership in floating offshore wind

FLW JIP Phase 2 Summary Report 

Read more about our work on offshore wind

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