Scotland and France investigate floating wind and hydrogen
Following a competitive
tender, The Scottish Government has awarded the European Marine Energy
Centre (EMEC) a contract to explore opportunities for floating offshore
wind and hydrogen supply chains in Scotland and France.
EMEC will partner with French engineering firm INNOSEA and London-based
Renewables Consulting Group (RCG) to carry out research to understand the
technical status of floating wind and hydrogen in Scotland and France and
identify ways that collaboration can be encouraged to address challenges
of mutual interest.
The project consortium will evaluate the technical status of the floating
wind and hydrogen production components and systems under development,
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.
This spring, the consortium will hold four virtual reflective workshops
with French and Scottish industry stakeholders to understand their experiences
of international collaboration as well as gather feedback on how future
Franco-Scottish collaborative activities can be best supported.
The findings of this project will be published in a final report in summer
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. I very much look forward to
seeing its outcomes and to utilising its findings to inform further evolution
of our energy policy as we ramp up our ambition and seek to harness exciting
new opportunities as we expand offshore wind in Scotland.”