Analysis and Insights Manager, Miriam Noonan, analyses the feasibility of bottom-fixed / floating offshore wind hybrid sites in Scottish waters.
A large portion of the asset requirements for floating offshore wind is common with bottom-fixed offshore wind. A site with sufficiently deep water which can accommodate both bottom-fixed (e.g. less than 60 m) and floating turbines (e.g. greater than 50 m) can allow sharing of common assets across a hybrid site, allowing the floating part of the project to benefit from procurement scale and reduce the cost of deployment of pre-commercial technology in comparison to standalone sites.