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Windtech International May June 2024 issue






The Floating Wind Joint Industry Project (JIP), managed by the Carbon Trust, has launched the Floating Wind Technology Acceleration Competition to accelerate the development  and  commercialisation  of floating wind. The Carbon Trust, together with 14 offshore wind developers represented by the Floating Wind JIP, will select the best ideas with a  particular emphasis  on mooring systems  and operations and  maintenance (O&M).

With a fund of £1 million from the Scottish Government, the competition will award innovations that will drive the floating wind market forward to help meet decarbonisation targets and open up a £32 billion market opportunity
The objective of the Floating Wind Technology Acceleration Competition is to attract ideas both from within the offshore wind industry and across a wide variety of other sectors including: marine, automotive, oil and gas, aerospace, robotics and manufacturing. It is specifically seeking technologies to address four key challenge areas:
  1. Technologies that will enable effective and safe major component exchange offshore, for example by compensating for the relative motion between the vessel and turbine during O&M.
  2. Developing cost effective and safe disconnection and  re-connection operations when turbine foundations are towed to port.  This includes novel ‘out of service’ arrangements which ensure mooring lines and electrical array cables safely remain secured in-situ while the turbine is in port.
  3. New methods for cost effective, safe and reliable monitoring and inspection of  large numbers  of mooring lines, power cables and foundation structures.
  4. New methods, materials  or technologies that reduce the cost of mooring systems through easier and safe installation and/or reduced maintenance requirements.
Innovators will also be able to make applications in a miscellaneous category to enable additional novel ideas to be considered.
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