Source Energie's floating-wind-to-H2 plans align with Crown Estate map

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August 19 (Renewables Now) - Renewables developer Source Energie recently unveiled that the development areas of two of its large-scale floating-wind-to-hydrogen projects align with The Crown Estate-identified Search Areas 1 and 3 in the Celtic Sea.

The company said in a statement that it plans to develop a 300-MW floating wind farm named Dylan by 2028 that will be scalable to 1 GW in the 2030s, and a separate gigawatt-scale wind park to the south of Dylan, named Myrddin.

Both are expected to utilise the Dolphyn technology, which combines electrolysis, desalination and hydrogen production on a floating wind platform. Source Energie and the developer of the technology, ERM, teamed up earlier this year to develop floating wind sites in the Celtic Sea for green hydrogen production.

In its latest statement, Source Energie welcomed last month’s release by The Crown Estate of a map with five “areas of search” in the Celtic Sea that are suitable for the deployment of 4 GW of floating offshore wind capacity. The UK seabed landlord intends to hold a competitive tender for such projects in mid-2023.

“The Crown Estate announcement confirms that the locations selected for Dylan and Myrddin offer good energy generating conditions,” Source Energie pointed out.

The company added that the Welsh government has financed Phase 1 and Phase 2 studies in relation to the possible production of green hydrogen from floating wind in the Celtic Sea.

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