January 10 (Renewables Now) - Crown Estate Scotland today announced a GBP-50,000 (USD 67,600/EUR 56,600) study to evaluate the potential economic benefits of further developing the Scottish floating wind industry.
The idea is that Scotland could play a major part in the development of floating wind, with local companies creating jobs in engineering, maintenance and other spheres, and eventually expanding abroad.
The study, the results of which are expected in the summer of 2018, will examine in detail several scenarios based on different scales of floating wind development and potential UK content. It will also seek to determine the impact of government policy on the sector and the different economic outcomes of the scenarios.
The project will be overseen by Crown Estate Scotland, The Crown Estate, which manages seabed leasing in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, trade association RenewableUK, Scottish Renewables and the Offshore Wind Industry Council. Regulatory bodies, industry representatives and developers will also be invited to contribute to the study.
“We want to find out the scale of the economic benefits – jobs, supply chain and exports – from growing the Scottish floating wind industry. The results of this study will help UK government and others take policy decisions on how to support development,” said Sian Wilson, Crown Estate Scotland senior development manager.
The 30-MW Hywind Scotland wind farm, the world's first floating wind farm, went officially online in October 2017. There are three more test and demonstration scale projects with planning consent and seabed rights from Crown Estate Scotland. The latter manages land and property on behalf of Scottish Ministers, including the relevant portion of the seabed.