Floating wind in the Celtic Sea
Floating wind is set to become a key technology in the fight against climate change with over 80% of the worlds wind resource in water deeper than 60 metres. Independent studies have suggested there could be as much as 50GW of electricity capacity available in the Celtic Sea waters of the UK and Ireland. This renewable energy resource could play a key role in the UK meeting the 2050 Net-Zero target required to mitigate climate change. Floating wind will provide new low carbon supply chain opportunities, support coastal communities and create long-term benefits for the region.
Stepping stones to assist the local supply chain
We believe that a stepping stone approach to the development of floating wind in the Celtic Sea brings a number of benefits. Starting with smaller demonstration and early-commercial projects, increasing in size, will help to capture the highest local supply chain content. It will also maximise knowledge transfer and facilitate a sustainable transfer to a low carbon economy.
Because of this focus on stepping stone projects we have proposed Erebus, a 96MW test and demonstration project followed by Valorous, a 300MW early-commercial project.
Erebus and Valorous, a stepping stone approach to floating wind
Sustainable Coastal Communities
First GW of floating wind in the Celtic Sea could deliver over 3000 jobs by 2030
Unlocking the Wind Resource
Studies suggest approximately 50 GW of wind resource in the Celtic Sea
A New Low Carbon Future
Erebus and Valorous will provide green energy to 369,140 homes per year
We took a plan-led approach to site selection. The process was driven by technical, commercial and environmental considerations, with the overarching objective of identifying a viable site whilst minimising impacts on the environment and stakeholders.
A wide range of factors were considered during the process including: bathymetry, water depth, wind resource, proximity to nature conservation designations, seabirds and marine mammals, fisheries, shipping and proximity to ports.
Supporting Welsh and UK Government policies including:
Net Zero 2050 target / Climate Emergency / UK Industrial Strategy / UK Clean Growth Strategy / Well Being of the Future Generations Act / Environment Wales Act / Welsh National Marine Plan