Floating wind innovation centre to be set up in Aberdeen

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March 1 (Renewables Now) - UK technology innovation centre the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult and ETZ Ltd will partner to develop a GBP-9-million (USD 12.1m/EUR 10.8m) floating wind innovation centre in Aberdeen, the pair announced on Monday.

The new centre will be located within the Energy Transition Zone, which will be adjacent to Aberdeen’s new south harbour development, and will seek to help the North East of Scotland and wider UK take advantage of expected demand for floating wind on the back of the ScotWind leasing round. Crown Estate Scotland recently announced that 17 projects totalling some 24.8 GW had secured option agreements in the offshore wind lease round. These include 14.6 GW of floating wind power.

The objectives of the centre include supporting the development of a floating wind supply chain, assisting developers and suppliers with research, test, deployment and validation, and facilitating the transition of technologies from oil and gas industries. The initiative will initially focus on digital simulation and modelling and then move to testing and validation of floating wind components.

“As well as supporting the acceleration of offshore wind, ETZ Ltd will be a catalyst for high-value manufacturing, research, development and the deployment of new energy technologies, such as green and blue hydrogen and carbon capture and storage,” noted Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at the launch of ETZ Ltd in Aberdeen on Monday.

ETZ Ltd is investing GBP 4 million for the centre’s capital costs and ORE Catapult will spend GBP 5 million to run the facility.

ETZ Ltd, set up in April 2021, has secured about GBP 60 million, including GBP 27 million from the UK government and GBP 26 million from the Scottish government.

(GBP 1 = USD 1.340/EUR 1.197)

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