Ten of the world’s biggest offshore operators have joined the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult’s national Floating Offshore Wind Centre of Excellence, determined to work on next generation offshore wind technologies amid Covid-19.

Offshore wind developers EDF RenewablesEDP RenewablesEquinorESBMainstream Renewable PowerScottishPower RenewablesSSE Renewables, and Offshore Wind Power, a joint venture between the Green Investment Group and RIDG, are joined by energy companies Total and Shell in the Centre of Excellence.

Their efforts will focus on the areas of floating wind activity in the UK across four workstreams: technology development; supply chain and operations; development and consent; and delivering net zero.

Their main objectives are to cut the cost of energy from floating wind; accelerate the build-out of floating farms; create opportunities for the UK supply chain; and drive innovations in manufacturing, installation, operations, and maintenance.