In last week’s Budget, it was revealed that the UK Government was investing in new infrastructure at ports throughout the UK to enable the roll-out of the next generation of offshore wind farms. Now the Government is spending another £20 million to unlock the full potential of floating offshore wind technology. Back in 2019, the International Energy Agency noted that floating turbines could provide enough electricity to power Europe, the US and Japan. This is because floating wind farms can be placed further out to sea where winds are stronger, as they don’t need to rely on shallow sea beds. Now, the UK Government is pinning its hopes on powering the UK using the technology. The UK has piloted the floating wind farm concept, with the 30 MW Hywind Scotland pilot park beginning operation back in 2017 as the world’s first floating wind farm. At the time the Hywind Scotland wind farm proved that you could build a floating wind farm at scale, which the UK Government is clearly eager to endorse. The new £20 million worth of funding is designed to target the development of new technologies that will support floating wind farms. The Government says that these technologies could include advancing vital components such as dynamic high voltage cable systems, moorings for challenging seabed conditions and foundations.
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