Results - Energy Innovation Needs Assessment. Sub-theme report on Offshore wind (2019)
The offshore wind sub-theme focusses on offshore wind, both fixed and floating
platforms. This report focusses on offshore wind exclusively as it: 1) is expected to be
deployed at significantly larger scale than solar and onshore wind and 2) is a relatively
immature technology with greater opportunities for innovation to bring system benefits and
unlock export opportunities for UK business.
Offshore wind’s role in the energy system, as a variable renewable, is like that of
solar and onshore wind in that it is a relatively low-cost source of low-carbon
electricity. However, the ability to deploy the technology without as many practical and
acceptability limits that occur onshore means that a higher potential is possible. In the
future, if the available resource is less constrained, it may be possible for offshore wind to
production of storable renewable fuels (e.g. hydrogen).