Floating Offshore Wind

Opening up a whole new world of renewables

For us, floating offshore wind combines two technologies that have been proven throughout the world, oil and gas platform technology and wind turbines. This means we can move into deeper waters with higher wind speeds and less visual impact, opening up a whole new world of offshore renewables. 

 Today’s offshore wind turbines, fixed to the seabed by monopile or jacket foundations, are restricted to waters up to 60 metres deep. Moving further offshore is where floating wind has enormous potential to be a core technology for reaching climate goals.  


Floating wind – the next step in offshore renewables

There are currently 4 main types of floating technologies being advanced. 

1. Barge

2. Semi-submersible

3. Spar

4.  Tension-Leg Platform


Why floating wind?

The International Energy Agency estimates that floating wind turbines could help provide enough electricity to satisfy the world’s electricity needs 11 times over

Untapped wind resources

Almost 80% of the world’s wind resource is in water deeper than 60 metres.


Reduced visual impact

Floating wind is further offshore meaning less visual impacts and reduced conflicts with other marine users.


Fast, consistent wind

It is where windspeeds are faster and more consistent meaning higher capacity factors.


UK energy security

It will provide energy security and could help balance the UKs energy system.


Helping local economies

It is estimated by the ORE Catapult that the first GW of floating wind in the Celtic Sea could potentially deliver over 3,000 jobs and £682m in supply chain opportunities for Wales and Cornwall by 2030. 17,000 UK jobs generating £33.6 billion for the UK economy by 2050.

Net-zero emission targets

Floating wind is critical to meeting the UK’s net-zero emission targets and is needed to deliver on ambitions set by the Climate Change Committee.

Want to know more?

Please use the links below to check out our careers, education, and document library. Information on our projects, floating wind, and the latest news can be found using the menu at the top of the page. 


Download our community newsletter along with a range of documents relating to planning, project consents, careers and education from our document library.


If you are interested in learning more about how to get involved in off-shore wind please take a look at our careers page which includes a variety of resources.


We have produced an animated video and education pack to work with primary-level students on the impacts of climate change and floating wind.


Some of the Frequently Asked Questions can be found here.
If you have any other questions about Blue Gem Wind and our projects then please get in touch.