The Floating Offshore Wind Demonstration Programme

The Floating Offshore Wind Demonstration Programme is a new funding call which has been announced by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). It reflects the UK Government’s target for floating offshore wind to deliver 1GW of energy by 2030.

Floating offshore wind (FLOW) is a fast growing industry worldwide. It enables wind turbines to operate in deeper seas, where the winds are stronger. The Celtic Sea has been identified as one of the best potential sites in Europe.

BEIS is making up to £17.5 million of funding available for this programme. The aim is to deliver  multiple demonstration projects, which will take place until end of March 2024, and will cover a range of FLOW technology challenges. These include mooring and anchoring, dynamic cables, and floaters and foundations.

About the Floating Offshore Wind Demonstration Programme

The Floating Offshore Wind Demonstration Programme is a funding scheme to support the development and demonstration of state of the art technologies and products in the Floating Offshore Wind industry. The programme is part of the Net Zero Innovation Portfolio. The Floating Offshore Wind Demonstration Programme seeks the best ideas across these technology areas. The grant funding scheme will focus on UK based initiatives.

The demonstration projects will focus on mid-technology readiness level (TRL) technologies that are ready to be proved. The programme will target 4 challenge areas:

  1. Mooring/Anchoring
  2. Dynamic cables
  3. Floaters/Foundations
  4. Miscellaneous – areas that meet the programme scope and objectives but are not covered by 1-3. Innovation area driven by industry.

Full details on the programme and how to apply can be seen at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/floating-offshore-wind-fow-demonstration-programme

Businesses in Cornwall are encouraged to contact Marine-i

Prof Lars Johanning, Programme Director for Marine-i, says: “This is an excellent initiative and local marine tech businesses should take full advantage of it. The Marine-i team will offer any assistance they can to these companies in preparing their bids.

“Through the Marine-i project, they can also get access to over 20 world class offshore renewables test facilities, backed up by leading-edge research expertise from the University of Exeter and University of Plymouth. These technology challenges for FLOW may well require a number of businesses to work in collaboration in their delivery. Marine-i is prepared to use its experience in this area to help facilitate the forming of these new consortia.

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