The three biggest technical challenges for the floating offshore wind sector have been revealed in a new report.
Challenges identified are heavy lift maintenance, tow-to-port logistics and mooring in challenging environments.
The report – Floating Wind Joint Industry Project – Phase III summary – analyses the technical opportunities and challenges for the sector as it moves towards commercial scale farms.
It is the result of the latest work undertaken by the Floating Wind Joint Industry Project (JIP),the world-leading collaborative floating wind research and development programme managed by the Carbon Trust.
While many countries are considering floating offshore wind as an option, the industry has challenges that need to be addressed in order to maximise the efficiency of commercial-scale floating offshore wind farms.
The report outlines these challenges and summarises the solutions that have emerged as part of the projects delivered within Phase-III and a technological competition managed by the Carbon Trust and the Floating Wind JIP.
According to the report, despite Covid-19 related delays the global floating offshore wind industry is expected to grow from 74MW at the time of this release to 126MW by the end of 2021 with the completion of the largest floating offshore wind farm to-date at Kincardine, Scotland.
The Carbon Trust Floating Offshore Wind programme manager Sam Strivens emphasised the potential of floating offshore wind, highlighting that a series of demonstration projects have helped prove its “technical feasibility”.
“Several national governments have announced dedicated leasing and support for pre- and early commercial floating offshore wind deployment. The main challenge for the industry now is a commercial one,” he said.
“As we have seen in bottom-fixed offshore wind, our industry-led, collaborative R&D programmes have delivered significant cost reductions and de-risked technologies that accelerated commercialisation. Since 2016, the Floating Wind JIP has tackled the critical needs of the sector and as we welcome two new partners, we are confident that collectively we can deliver the same impact for floating offshore wind.”
The findings come at a time that the floating offshore wind sector is ready to scale up, and industry participation in the Floating Wind JIP is also increasing as bp and Tohoku Electric Power have recently joined alongside the 15 existing members: EDF Renouvelables, EnBW, Equinor, Kyuden Mirai Energy, Ocean Winds, Ørsted, Parkwind, RWE, ScottishPower Renewables, Shell, SSE Renewables, TEPCO, TotalEnergies, Vattenfall, and Wpd.
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