It is at an exciting stage, moving from concept demonstration through pre-commercial arrays towards full commercialisation and deployment. Success will require rapid commercialisation and a reduction in the cost of energy towards that of conventional offshore wind. Floating wind presents new challenges for environmental impact assessment and consenting, so it is important for these to be addressed and assessed in a clear and robust way. Our floating offshore wind support team brings the skills, innovation and drive to deliver EIA and supporting project design efficiently and effectively. The flexibility and breadth of expertise we bring makes us the ideal project partner for your floating wind project. It is a ‘no surprises’ approach to EIA and consent and draws on our heritage supporting early offshore wind projects and complex wave and tidal energy schemes. Already we are helping developers prepare for the Scotwind offshore wind leasing auction which is set to result in a significant deployment of floating windfarms over coming years.
An expanding number of projects are looking to progress the hydrogen economy and we are building skills and insights in this area. For example, we are involved in the North2 project where offshore wind is used to produce hydrogen on a large scale off the north coast of the Netherlands. The cost savings on transmission by using offshore wind to generate hydrogen, alongside applications in gas networks, transport and industrial sectors makes hydrogen generation from offshore wind an exciting new prospect for the sector. The vision of far-offshore floating windfarms generating hydrogen may not be so far away and offers a real possibility of the next big step in decarbonising our society.