Accelerating the development of floating wind in Scotland

INFLOAT

The INFLOAT (Integrated Floating Offshore Wind Demonstrator) project is leading the development of the Pentland Demonstrator.

The technologies to be developed and demonstrated for the first time within this project include:

  • A narrow footprint mooring system using nylon mooring lines
    This will unlock shallow water floating offshore wind sites, reducing a site’s overall footprint and costs, and enabling greater co-existence with other sea users.
  • Higher capacity dynamic cable protection and ancillaries
    This will 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.
  • 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.

The Pentland Floating Offshore Wind Demonstrator (Demo) has recently been awarded £9.6m 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 that will accelerate the cost reduction and industrialisation of floating offshore wind in the UK.

Using this funding, the Demo will deploy several innovative technologies developed here in the UK by local companies. This is an opportunity for  supply chain partners to showcase capabilities and scale-up towards the 100 MW Pentland Array project and for large commercial-scale deployment through ScotWind projects and other floating wind opportunities in the UK and globally.



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