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The UK’s Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult has launched it’s Floating Offshore Wind Centre of Excellence to accelerate the development of next-generation offshore wind technologies.

The multi-million-pound initiative is backed by up to £500,000 in funding from the Scottish Government and the Catapult’s Wales-based Marine Energy Engineering Centre of Excellence (MEECE) respectively, as well as further match funding from industry.

The centre will focus on reducing the costs associated with floating wind technology and accelerate the development of floating farms, whilst propelling innovation in the sector and creating opportunities for the UK supply chain.

Scottish Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse said: “The Scottish Government is delighted to support ORE Catapult’s Floating Wind Centre of Excellence to further develop this technology and drive down costs in the sector.

“The collaborative programme of work delivered through the centre will ensure that Scotland remains a world leader in floating offshore wind innovation and move us closer to seeing widespread deployment in more than 462,000 square kilometres of seas within Scotland’s Exclusive Economic Zone.”

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