Floating Offshore Wind
Centre of Excellence

Programmes 2023

About the FOW CoE Programmes

The Floating Offshore Wind Centre of Excellence (FOW CoE) runs a range of strategic programmes, alongside its core work programme, creating a broad and diverse portfolio of project activity. More information on these can be found below.

Image: Turbines at sea, part of a floating wind network
Team at work on a floating turbine, contributing to the wind network.
Programmes 2023

Core Work Programme

Our Core Work Programme focuses on tackling broader challenges and areas of interest to our partners. Typical topics may include:

  • Cost reduction trajectories
  • Routes to meeting Net Zero deployment targets
  • Insurance models
  • Contracting models
  • Policy
  • Broader technological risks

Strategic Programmes

In recent years the FOW CoE has launched a number of targeted strategic programmes,  developed as large-scale, longer-term programmes which will deliver significant medium-term (2-5 years) impact in specific high priority areas.

These are:

Image: Turbine at sea, part of a floating wind network
Photo of the Kincardine Offshore Wind Farm project courtesy of Principle Power

Each has been created in response to a “case for intervention”, the context and details for each differing, but they share a number of common attributes such as:

  • Areas where additional resources are required to accelerate research and development to address knowledge gaps and accelerate the development of technologies, methodologies, approaches and understanding;
  • Areas of critical importance. Areas where gaps in knowledge and / or the lack of appropriate technologies, methodologies and understanding presents a significant risk to the successful commercialisation and large scale project development and deployment by 2030;
  • Areas where project developers and the supply chain have identified there is an opportunity for close collaboration and knowledge sharing, and where a collaborative approach has been identified as having the potential to have significant impact in the short, medium and long term;
  • Areas of existing strength in the supply chain. Areas where latent relevant skills, experience, understanding, capability and capacity exist, but require support and guidance to focus and engage with the floating offshore wind industry;
  • Areas where there is a significant UK and export opportunity for the supply chain, associated with products and services that are “relatively” exportable.
Technology Development and Qualification

Within some of the above programmes, we are conducting activities, intended to accelerate the development and qualification of critical floating offshore wind technologies, and in turn reduce the cost and risk associated with deploying these technologies as part of the first large scale floating offshore wind projects. Find out more via our dedicated ‘Strategic Programme’ pages.

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