Scotland could become the world’s premier address for floating wind. It doesn’t have shallow waters like Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and England have, but what seems to be a disadvantage at first sight, doesn’t necessarily need to be one. Scotland is the windiest country in Europe, that helps. And a huge monopile can be replaced by three cylinder-shaped floaters, that don’t tie that much more steel resources.
The point to make is that around the world, there is so much more deep than shallow water, even near the coast (think Japan, Norway, US, China, Singapore and many other places), that mastering this floating wind technology opens up a huge range of new green business opportunities. Additionally, you won’t need an expensive monopile installer ship; the installation can be assembled onshore and simply towed to its final destination.
Oil and gas major Shell and Iberdrola-owned Scottish Power said on Friday they had joined forces to bid to develop large-scale floating wind farms off the coast of Scotland.
The companies said they had submitted proposals for the potential projects as part of Scotland’s offshore wind leasing round, called ScotWind, which closed for submissions on Friday…
Other energy companies and investors have signalled interest in the leasing round, including France’s TotalEnergies, Macquarie Group’s Green Investment Group and Orsted.
Scotland could very well follow the example of Ireland of 100 years ago and manage to become independent of economic black hole Brexit Britain and be just as prosperous as their Celtic brothers on the other side of The North Channel. Floating wind could be a marvelous export item for a reborn nation with world-wide recognized razor-sharp identity, that was independent since the days of Romans until 1707 and become a member again of the European family of nations.
[reuters.com] – Shell, Scottish Power to bid in Scottish offshore wind leasing round
[empireengineering.co.uk] – The frontier between fixed and floating foundations in offshore wind
[upstreamonline.com] – Energy giants Shell and Iberdrola ally for floating wind bid off Scotland
In the ScotWind Leasing Round, around 50% of the Draft Plan Option (DPO) areas are located in “deep water zones”, which have water depths greater than 50 metres… for water depths greater than 60 meters, fixed-bottom offshore wind foundations become uneconomic, even though a recent study suggests this frontier might be 90 m. Others believe that the transition between fixed to floating foundations occurs in a zone between 40 to 60 m…
[deepresource] – Breakdown Costs Offshore Windfarm