Having been considered an early-stage pioneering technology for some time, the floating wind industry now stands on the brink of evolving into a mainstream technology. Whilst there are fewer than 100 megawatts of floating wind currently installed globally, the rest of the 2020s will see gigawatts of capacity deployed around the world. Floating wind uses the same turbines as conventional offshore wind turbines that are already in operation around the UK, but they are deployed on top of floating structures that are secured to the seabed with mooring lines and anchors. These floating structures and their associated infrastructure share many attributes with deep-sea offshore oil and gas platforms – hence providing the opportunity for Scotland’s existing expertise.
Scotsman 3rd Oct 2021 read more »