Scotland to Fund Offshore Wind Cost-Cutting Project with GBP 2.2 Mln
A project to cut the cost of offshore wind by at least 10% is being awarded £2.2 million by the Scottish Government, First Minister Alex Salmond has announced.
The Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) programme, a joint industry and government scheme, brings together nine offshore wind developers with over 72% (31GW) of the UK’s licensed capacity.
The project aims to deliver the 10% reduction in time for offshore wind developments in Scottish waters with partners working together to identify technological challenges and prioritising those with the most significant savings potential, before developing innovative solutions.
The OWA will receive £200,000 in 2014/15 and £2,000,000 in 2015/16. The money will be used to:
- encourage international collaboration between the world’s leading offshore wind developers to address cost reduction challenges in Scottish waters
- share knowledge on foundations and installations, operations and maintenance, the best wind farm layouts, electrical systems and cable installation
- support the commercialisation of floating offshore wind turbines for Scottish waters
Following a meeting with representatives of the Carbon Trust and OWA programme in Aberdeen, the First Minister said: “The Scottish Government’s target is to generate the equivalent of 100% of Scotland’s gross annual electricity consumption from renewable sources by 2020, as part of a wider, balanced, energy mix, and we are already nearly half way there.
“Renewable energy is extremely valuable to Scotland’s economy, to reducing our carbon emissions and in providing low carbon energy supplies as well as jobs and long term investment. It also helps keep the lights on across these islands at a time when Ofgem is warning of a tightening gap between electricity supply and demand south of the border. Scotland is home to around a quarter of Europe’s offshore wind resource and we are keen to support its development as part of our energy mix. Our support for the Offshore Wind Accelerator further highlights Scotland’s position as a global leader in renewables development.”
Tom Delay, Chief Executive of the Carbon Trust said: “The sector has huge potential to generate low carbon power and create economic value. Key to that success will be driving costs down through innovation and doing this quickly. The OWA and this new injection of funding will be key to help meet this cost reduction challenge.”