The Carbon Trust has launched a series of tenders to assess the technology challenges associated with developing floating offshore wind projects.
The studies are part of a joint industry project supported by the Scottish government, DONG Energy, E.ON, Eolfi, innogy and Statoil to better understand the anticipated risks and opportunities of developing floating wind farms at a commercial scale, says the London-based group.
Projects include assessments of electrical systems, mooring systems and logistical challenges in large arrays of floating wind turbines.
“Floating wind presents an opportunity to harness strong wind resource in deepwater locations, unlocking new markets for offshore wind,” says Rhodri James, manager at the Carbon Trust. “However, a number of novel challenges will need to be addressed in order to deploy floating wind turbines at commercial scale. These projects will aim to assess these challenges and identify future innovation priorities for the sector.”
More information on the tenders can be found here.