The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) will explore opportunities for floating offshore wind and hydrogen supply chains in Scotland and France as part of a new contract awarded by the Scottish Government.
EMEC today (10th Feb) announced that it will partner with French engineering firm INNOSEA and London-based Renewables Consulting Group (RCG) to carry out research for the project to understand the technical status of floating wind and hydrogen in the locations.
Once the research stages are complete, the group will then evaluate the technical status of the floating wind and hydrogen production components and systems, accounting for the impacts of the policy context and innovation programme landscape in the two nations.
The consortium is also tasked with engaging directly with floating wind and hydrogen supply chain companies to seek feedback on existing collaboration successes as well as identify opportunities to facilitate further joined up thinking and cross-border activity.
Commenting on the project, Paul Wheelhouse, Scotland’s Energy Minister, said, “Scotland’s Energy Strategy recognises the importance of working with international partners to better understand our transition to a net zero economy and energy system.”
“In the run-up to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change conference (COP26) in Glasgow later this year, we have an opportunity to increase public awareness around the climate emergency we all face.”
“This project, which sees collaboration between Scotland and our friends in France, is in line with our international energy engagement priorities for both hydrogen and offshore wind and will help to support our efforts to develop new renewable energy solutions.”
Dr James Walker, Hydrogen Development Manager at EMEC, added, “International collaboration and dissemination of lessons learned in innovation are integral to seeing progress in the development of floating wind and hydrogen production technologies.”
“Both are also key aspects of EMEC’s work in testing and demonstrating the energy system of the future and we are delighted to be bringing this experience to support delivering this project.”
“We look forward to working with INNOSEA and RCG, and to engaging with a broad range of industry stakeholders in Scotland and France to develop recommendations for the Scottish Government on means of best supporting collaborative innovation in these sectors.”