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Gigawaters 04: The future is floating

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The future, as far as offshore wind goes anyway, will be floating. As deployment ramps up, space that suitable for fixed bottom turbines will be at a premium, meaning developers will have to look further out to sea.

In this, the fourth episode of Gigawaters, EV’s Hamish Penman is joined by co-host Mairi Dudley, head of market development UK at Ørsted, as well as Carlos Martin, chief executive of BlueFloat Energy, and Joanne Allday, strategic business development manager at Port of Cromarty Firth.

Floating wind will be a necessity, and it brings with it a raft of benefits beyond being able to occupy deeper waters. It can be situated where the wind speeds are at their most bountiful, and the huge floating structures mean there is significant jobs potential. With the market in a relative nascent stage, Scotland has a clear chance to export its expertise too.

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