N. Sea offshore services company Petrofac is set to help shape the future of the offshore wind sector, following the award of a research project by the Carbon Trust’s Floating Wind Joint Industry Project.
The project is a collaborative initiative designed to bring together public and private organisations to investigate the challenges and opportunities associated with the development of floating wind technology.
It was set up by the Carbon Trust in collaboration with DONG Energy, ENGIE, Eolfi, E.ON, innogy, Kyuden Mirai Energy, and Statoil, along with support from the Scottish Government.
Under the agreement, Petrofac will investigate the key electrical system challenges associated with large scale floating wind farms – including deepwater substations, dynamic cables, cable connectors, and array cable layout and burial.
By identifying how to de-risk technologies for use across the offshore wind sector, the study will look at how floating offshore wind could be deployed on a commercial scale in the future.
Usman Darr, Petrofac Vice-President, Engineering Services, said: “The joint industry partnership presents an exciting new opportunity to expand the potential for offshore wind. We’re very pleased to be working with the Carbon Trust to identify future innovation priorities for the sector.
“In awarding us this research scope, the Carbon Trust and the industry partners have recognised the technical capability of our renewable energy consultancy team and our experience of successfully addressing challenges across the energy sector.”