This project examines the potential for a pre-commercial pilot Floating Offhsore Wind (FLOW) project off the south or west coast of Ireland

Project Insights

  • €69,853

    Total Project Costs
  • 1 yr

    Project Duration
  • 2019

    Year Funded

Project Description

Traditional barriers to development of offshore wind in Ireland are gradually being removed, with clarity emerging through the Renewable Energy Support Scheme (RESS) and progress towards Maritime Spatial Planning. The global technology advancement leading to the reduction in the Levelised Cost of Energy (LCOE), the advantages of offshore wind resources in Ireland, and the rising demand in clean energy, make Ireland an increasingly attractive emerging market. There is an opportunity for Ireland to seize a tactical advantage as an early mover in Floating Offshore Wind (FLOW). This project examines the potential for a pre-commercial pilot project for FLOW off the south or west coast. It tests the hypothesis that existing locational attributes such as port location (i.e. Port of Cork and Shannon Foynes Port) and grid connectivity (i.e. infrastructure linked to the Kinsale Gas pipeline making landfall in Cork Harbour, and grid at Moneypoint, respectively), create advantageous conditions. The benefits of proving the hypothesis would be to provide options and pathways for policy makers on if and how to realise a pre-commercial pilot project, thereby accelerating FLOW as a subsidy free alternative in Ireland's energy portfolio. The OPFLOW project will help to achieve this by bringing together a critical mass of expertise to deliver scientifically robust analysis and support for policy making. Deliverables will include tools for decision makers, such SWOT analysis, decision trees and a policy options document. It adds to the ongoing SFI Eirwind project, by focusing on a specific pre-commercial project concept.

Project Details

Total Project Cost: €69,853

Funding Agency: SEAI

Year Funded: 2019

Lead Organisation: University College Cork (UCC)

Collaborators: Principle Power; Simply Blue Energy; JB Barry

Val Cummins

Lead Researcher