Offshore wind innovation and demonstration

Floating offshore wind: early commercial-scale projects

In December 2020 The Crown Estate invited the market to come forward with views on how best to accelerate the development of floating wind in the UK, including welcoming feedback on:

  • The scale of the opportunity for floating wind in the UK and the likely pipeline of projects between now and 2030;
  • How rights to develop floating offshore wind could be made available in a way that accelerates deployment and helps build a strong UK supply chain;
  • The likely impact of floating wind development on spatial and environmental considerations given an increasingly busy marine environment.

The survey has now closed and The Crown Estate has now (March 2021) confirmed its intention to design and deliver a new leasing opportunity for early commercial-scale floating wind projects in the Celtic Sea.

Seabed access for pre-commercial offshore wind testing and demonstration

Alongside it’s work on early-commercial scale floating wind, The Crown Estate is also exploring how best to support pre-commercial, smaller projects, that will continue to be an important part of developing new technologies for a range of seabed conditions and locations. We will set out our approach alongside our broader leasing process in the coming months.

Update: Please note that the offshore wind innovation and demonstration opportunity below is temporarily paused for new applications, while this work is progressed.

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