In December 2022, the UK Minister for Energy and Climate, Graham Stuart, signed a landmark agreement on renewable energy cooperation with the EU and North Seas countries. The agreement with the North Seas Energy Cooperation (NSEC) set out a framework for greater cooperation with the UK’s North Seas neighbours, which will result in the development of an offshore renewable energy and grid infrastructure that is essential for meeting the UK’s net zero commitment and bolstering European energy security1.
This news was followed at the end of March 2023 by the launch of the UK Government’s new energy strategy, Powering up Britain2. In this blueprint, the Government made clear its ambition to increase its offshore wind capacity, setting out the goal of delivering up to 50 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind by 2030.
As the wind sector gears up to deliver on this target, turbine manufacturers are scaling up their search for innovative, transformational technologies that can help them accelerate the construction of offshore farms, both fixed or floating.