Scotland explores floating wind and hydrogen technologies
The Scottish government has awarded a contract to explore opportunities for floating offshore wind and hydrogen supply chains in Scotland and France.
The award of the contract to the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) follows a competitive tender. EMEC will partner with French engineering firm Innosea and London-based Renewables Consulting Group (RCG) to carry out research. The aim is to understand the technical status of floating wind and hydrogen in Scotland and France and identify ways that collaboration can be encouraged to address challenges of mutual interest.
EMEC said that floating wind and hydrogen technologies are central to energy decarbonisation strategies in both countries and internationally, and that collaborative research and development can identify new engineering solutions to increase the competitiveness of the technologies.
The project consortium will evaluate the technical status of the floating wind and hydrogen production components and systems under development, taking account of the impacts of policy and innovation programmes in the two nations.
The consortium is also tasked with engaging directly with floating wind and hydrogen supply chain companies to seek feedback on existing collaboration successes as well as identify opportunities.