In its efforts to flee the impacts of the fossil fuel energy crisis, the Government has looked to take a position in revolutionary recent renewable energy technologies that would even help reduce bills and power the UK without the usage of oil and natural gas. One such technology- floating offshore wind farms- has taken a serious breakthrough because the UK has now identified five areas off the coast of Cornwall and Wales, where they will potentially deploy this technology.
The Crown Estate, which is accountable for leasing UK seabed space for renewable energy projects has described floating offshore wind as “the subsequent frontier in green growth”.
Floating offshore wind farms, that are built much further away from coasts and may potentially harness stronger winds.
The sites that were chosen are wealthy in wind potential, and if the event of the world goes ahead, by next yr they’d be open for competitive tender, and shortly host the primary generation of commercial-scale floating wind farms.
In accordance with the Crown Estate’s statement, these sites would “unlock as much as 4GW of recent clean energy capability between 2030 and 2035, kick-starting industry within the region, and providing power to almost 4 million homes.”
In addition they imagine that by 2045, the Celtic Sea could generate an additional 20 Gigawatts of renewable energy.
In accordance with Simply Blue, 80 percent of Europe’s offshore wind resource is situated in waters of 60 metres or deeper.
Harnessing more floating offshore wind farms within the UK would only boost the country’s position as a serious wind energy generator.
Except for accessing higher wind speeds, these floating farms also increase yield and capability aspects resulting in that “competitive Levelised Costs of Energy (LCoE)”.
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Huub den Rooijen from the Crown Estate said: “The Celtic Sea has the potential to grow to be one in every of the good renewable energy basins of the world, bringing economic growth and abundant clean power.
“This leasing round is a primary step, and we’d like to work together to bring technology costs down, deliver environmentally sound solutions and respect the needs of the various other users of the marine space.”
Greg Hands, energy and climate change minister, said: “We have already got the most important offshore wind deployment in Europe. Floating technology is vital to unlocking the total potential of our coastline.”
He added: “These projects can assist power hundreds of thousands of homes with clean, and cheaper, renewable energy, reducing reliance on expensive fossil fuels.”
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The proposed plan will now face independent review, as researchers study the zones, refining the areas and whether to go ahead with three “test and demonstration” sites.
Within the UK’s Energy Security Strategy, the Government has set an ambition to deliver as much as 5GW of floating wind by 2030, with rapid expansion anticipated thereafter.