This project will prepare the Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly for Floating Offshore Wind (FLOW) in the Celtic Sea. It will work strategically to ensure that the social and economic benefits of this industrialisation at sea are maximised within the county.
The context for FLOW is the drive to assure energy security for the nation and meet net zero objectives. The Crown Estate (TCE) has set a target of 4.5GW of FLOW in this region by 2035, with a further 12GW by 2045. For comparison, the Hinkley-C plant in Somerset will provide 3.3GW of electricity. FLOW is a once-in-a-generation levelling up opportunity in the order of billions of pounds – but there is much work to do to ensure that CIOSLEP fully benefits.
This project will build on the knowledge and experience gained by Celtic Sea Power and the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult over the last two years from the Cornwall FLOW Accelerator (along with partners University of Exeter and University of Plymouth). It will be highly collaborative with stakeholders in Cornwall and – such is the scale of the opportunity – across the wider south-west and Wales.
Project activities fall into four strategic elements. These are:
• Infrastructure, Ports and Grid
• Streamlining Regional Consenting
• Catalysing Private Sector Capacity
• Workforce Development
Learnings from these activities will underpin the work of the Cornwall FLOW Commission (CFC). CFC is an independent board with convening powers recently established through the devolution Level-2 deal.