To date, the development of floating offshore wind has been largely limited to pilot- and demonstration-scale installations. But much has been learned and the successful commissioning last year of Hywind Scotland – the world’s first floating offshore wind farm – heralds the beginning of the ‘take-off’ stage for the technology.


Now, the focus is on moving beyond the pilot and demonstration-scale projects and towards the commercialisation and up-scaling of floating offshore wind. And like those achieved in both the onshore and bottom-fixed offshore wind sectors, with technological development and up-scaling come cost reductions. Floating wind is expected to follow a similar downward trajectory over the next decade, making it cost-competitive with other renewable energy sources.

Authors: David Carr, Eize De Vries, Jan Dodd, Martin Foster | Published: April, 2018 | Pages: 26 | Tables: 1 | Figures: 1

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  • The latest technology associated with turbines, floating foundations, anchoring systems, vessels and installation methods and ports and harbour facilities
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  • Gain an understanding of the different floating foundations technologies for offshore wind
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