The Floating Wind Joint Industry Project (JIP), managed by the Carbon Trust, has launched the Floating Wind Technology Acceleration Competition, with £1m of Scottish Government grant funding available for up to 10 projects to support technologies that will help the floating offshore wind industry reach its full potential.
Private companies, not-for-profit organisations and academic institutions with a relevant technology could be eligible to receive up to £250k in grant funding in order to further development. Up to 10 organisations will receive a share of the £1m Scottish Government fund to develop their technologies during 2019 and 2020.
Projects across a wide range of development stages are eligible for funding, from feasibility studies for lower Technology Readiness Level (TRL) technologies, to Front End Engineering Designs (FEED), scale model testing or full-scale demonstration or test programmes.
The floating wind sector, where turbines are constructed on floating structures, is at an earlier stage of development than other offshore wind, and a number of challenges need to be overcome in order to allow large scale deployment of this technology.
However, according to the Carbon Trust, the scale of opportunity in floating offshore wind is significant. By 2030, it estimates that a further 12GW of floating wind capacity could be built globally, requiring around £32.4bn of capital investment.
Submissions for the Floating Wind Technology Acceleration Competition are sought in four main technology challenges areas:
- heavy lift offshore maintenance
- tow to port maintenance
- monitoring and inspection of floating offshore wind structures
- mooring systems.
The competition also includes a fifth, miscellaneous category for other floating offshore wind innovations not covered by the four challenges. These could include innovations to reduce installation times, improve ancillary hardware used with export cables, enable serial fabrication or reduce maintenance requirements.
The deadline for applications is 5 November 2019.
For more information on the competition and to apply, go to https://www.carbontrust.com/about-us/tenders/floating-wind-technology-acceleration-competition/