A £15 million fund to help develop deep-water wind turbine foundations in Scotland has been announced by Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism, Fergus Ewing.
The Scottish Innovative Foundation Technologies Fund will support the development of prototype foundations for offshore wind turbines sited in water depths greater than 30 metres.
Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism, Fergus Ewing said:
“Offshore wind is one of the world’s most exciting clean-tech sectors where Scotland already plays a leading role. Scotland pioneered the world’s first deep-water offshore wind development and our innovation and offshore engineering expertise will play an increasingly important role as the industry moves to harness the wind further offshore – where both the energy resources and the technical challenges are greater.
“This funding will help maintain Scotland’s position as one of the world’s most attractive destinations for renewable energy investment, development and deployment. It will help lower costs in developing the foundations needed for wind turbines in deeper water and more varied seabed conditions – currently the second largest cost associated with this type of project. It should also benefit Scottish companies through the supply chain, securing jobs and boosting our economic recovery.”
Calum Davidson, Director of Energy and Low Carbon at Highlands and Islands Enterprise said:
“This Scotland-wide fund is most welcome; given the significant potential it offers to companies to get innovative foundation solutions in to the water more quickly than may otherwise be possible. This in turn will play a significant role in cost-cutting for the industry, helping achieve ambitious cost reduction targets.”
The Scottish Innovative Foundation Technologies Fund will operate over a 3-year period with the first of two funding calls issued today. It is open to applications from offshore wind foundation projects suitable for water depths of greater than 30 metres. Further information about applying is available here
For further information about Scotland’s offshore wind sector, visit www.offshorewindscotland.org.uk