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Depth of knowledge is powering Scotland’s green energy transition

18 May 2022 2 minute read

Mary Thorogood, Government Relations, External Affairs & Communications Director chats to The Herald about developing floating offshore wind technology.

Floating wind farms are clean, green and set to be significant to the future economy – with the Net Zero Technology Centre championing a collaborative approach from the entire energy sector to maximise their full potential.

It’s a simple fact that the wind blows a lot in Scotland. In some cases, of course, that can be a curse. But in the face of climate change and the ever growing need for sustainability, it is becoming more and more of a blessing.

The power generated by wind turbines, and particularly those located offshore, is going to be massively important in the coming years and decades. It will be clean, green and economically significant, creating thousands of new jobs and leading to billions in investment.

The British Energy Security Strategy, recently published by the UK Government in response to the conflict in Ukraine, sets a new ambition to boost offshore wind. It steps up the proposed pace of delivery from 40 gigawatts to 50 by 2030.

Significantly, some five gigawatts of this will come from floating offshore platforms.

Floating wind is particularly important because it allows turbines to be located further away from the shore, where the water is deeper and where the wind blows more, creating more potential for power generation.

There are clearly challenges to this speedy rollout, but Scotland has determination as well as a long history of expertise, skills and partnership and support from the Scottish and UK Governments.

“This is very much about partnership”, says Mary Thorogood, Government Relations, External Affairs and Communications Director at the Net Zero Technology Centre, which seeks to develop and deploy technology for an affordable net zero energy industry.

“We can’t do this without industry, and it’s about leveraging the funding and the knowledge from areas such as the oil and gas industry and the technology and wind developers.”

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