14 July 2023

MARINEWIND: A New HORIZON Europe Project to Accelerate the Uptake of Floating Offshore Wind Technology

The European Union, in cooperation with the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) have awarded funding to the MARINEWIND project, under the Horizon Europe programme. MARINEWIND is a 36-month coordination and support action project which aims to accelerate the uptake of floating offshore wind technology (FOWT) in Europe.

MARINEWIND has brought together a Consortium of experts in FOWT, including APRE, Agenzia per la Promozione della Ricerca Europea (Coordinator), University of York (Scientific Coordinator), Association des Organisations Nationales D’entreprises de Peche de l’UE, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Energy Systems Catapult, Q-PLAN International Advisors PC, Ricerca Sul Sistema Energetico, Sener Ingenieria Y Sistemas, and WavEC Offshore Renewables.

Ultimately MARINEWIND aims to increase social acceptance of the FOWT through science-based evidence and tools by addressing misperception from citizens.

In the short run, MARINEWIND will increase awareness on the potential of floating offshore wind energy opportunities, and support further investments in FOWT through efficient and incentive-compatible financial frameworks. The project seeks to provide solutions with a vast potential for reapplication and long-term viability.

More specifically, MARINEWIND will focus on pilots located in Portugal, UK, Greece, Spain, and Italy, to analyse political, societal, environmental, technological, and financial barriers and enablers in order to identify challenges and opportunities for commercialising FOWT. Furthermore, MARINEWIND will share lessons learnt from co-creation activities involving policymakers, market and business actors, civil society organisations, funding bodies and researchers.

As a result of these activities, MARINEWIND will accelerate the commercialisation of FOWT in Europe, provide a detailed study on the environmental impact of the FOWT in order to gain societal support. Additionally, the project will propose viable solutions to techno-economic barriers to the wide deployment of these technologies.

Lastly, the MARINEWIND project will promote new job creation in the FOWT sector, and it will involve European countries beyond the MARINEWIND Labs in elaborating policies supporting the wide uptake of FOWT through its Replicability Plan.

All the relevant results will be presented on the MARINEWIND webGIS platform, providing customised information on FOWT for various stakeholders.

For more information on MARINEWIND, please visit the project’s website at www.marinewind.eu.

Picture: Cortesy of Hivewind

Name: Riccardo Coletta, Paola Zerilli
Email: coletta@apre.itpaola.zerilli@york.ac.uk

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