Scottish Demo to Test Floating Wind Innovations with Government Funding

The Pentland Floating Offshore Wind Demonstrator has been awarded GBP 9.6 million of UK government funding to develop and demonstrate a suite of UK-manufactured innovative floating wind technologies for the first time.

The Floating Offshore Wind (FOW) Demonstrator Programme funding provided through the Net Zero Innovation Portfolio will help accelerate technologies to support the roll-out of large-scale floating offshore wind projects by driving down lifetime operational costs while creating manufacturing and supply chain opportunities for UK companies.

”The Pentland Demo project is a great opportunity to demonstrate new technologies which will accelerate the cost reduction and industrialisation of floating offshore wind in the UK,” Richard Copeland, the Pentland Demo Project Director said.

”With this funding we will deploy several innovative technologies developed here in the UK by local companies. This provides a fantastic opportunity for our supply chain partners to showcase their capabilities and scale-up towards our 100 MW Pentland Array project and for large commercial-scale deployment through ScotWind projects and other floating wind opportunities in the UK and globally.”

Technologies to be developed and demonstrated include a narrow footprint mooring system using nylon mooring lines. This is expected to unlock shallow water floating offshore wind sites, reducing a site’s overall footprint and costs, and enabling greater co-existence with other sea users.

Another technology is higher capacity dynamic cable protection and ancillaries, expected to enable the connection of next generation floating wind turbines, reducing cost by optimising design.

Floating assembly methodology – using modular industrialised components with the floating structure assembled in the UK; and digital twin and advanced monitoring system – creating a state-of-the-art digital twin of a floating offshore wind turbine, developed using UK digital technology; will also be developed and tested through the Petland Demo project.

The Pentland Demo, located off the North coast of Scotland, is majority-owned by Danish fund management company Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), through one of its Copenhagen Infrastructure (CI) funds.

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It is the first stage of the Pentland Floating Offshore Wind Farm project and will showcase new floating wind technology with high localisation ahead of the larger Pentland Array. Copenhagen Offshore Partners (COP) is managing the project’s development activities on behalf of CIP.

The innovation project in receipt of the funding will be led by a joint team from COP’s Global Floating Offshore Wind Competence Centre in Edinburgh along with experts from SSE Renewables.

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This funding announcement follows the success of CIP and its consortium partners SSE Renewables and Marubeni Corporation in the ScotWind leasing round, securing rights to develop what will become one of the world’s largest floating offshore wind farms off the east coast of Scotland.

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