This blog was co-written by Falck Renewables and BlueFloat Energy, who are associate sponsors of the SCDI Annual Lecture
We kicked off 2021 announcing our collaboration to unlock the potential of floating wind energy in Scotland and deliver economic growth for the broader Scottish community.
We’re about to jointly apply for one or more seabed leases in the Crown Estate Scotland’s ScotWind leasing round for offshore wind projects, bringing together Falck Renewables’ 15 years’ experience working closely with local Scottish communities and the supply chain and the BlueFloat Energy team’s impressive track record of delivering floating offshore wind projects.
One of Falck Renewables’ main aims has always been to share the value we generate from our wind farms as widely as possible with the surrounding communities. From the first of our ten sites in Scotland, at Boyndie, Aberdeenshire, we’ve taken a pioneering approach to involving communities – establishing a co-operative so local people could own a stake in the wind farm and receive an annual return on their investment. We now have co-operatives established at seven Scottish wind farms and at Earlsburn outside Stirling the local community of Fintry own one of the turbines which we operate on their behalf.
We’re looking forward to applying the same innovative mindset to delivering offshore wind projects that benefit Scottish communities and manufacturers, providing jobs and prosperity.
Unlike bottom-fixed offshore wind technology, where turbines are mounted on a structure piled into the seabed, floating wind projects use floating foundations anchored to the seabed by mooring lines, allowing projects to be sited in deeper waters further away from the coast.
BlueFloat Energy have some of the most extensive, hands-on experience in delivering floating offshore wind projects of any project developer in the world. The same team who successfully developed WindFloat Atlantic in Portugal, the first floating offshore wind project worldwide to secure project finance, they bring valuable insights into the key challenges and complexities.