Offshore wind is set to become Scotland’s next industrial revolution with the potential to attract billions of pounds of investment and create tens of thousands of highly skilled and sustainable jobs.
The potential of this emerging industry is huge, representing the biggest opportunity for sustainable economic growth in Scotland for a generation. And Scotland has the ambition, innovation, commitment and passion to drive success as a global leader in offshore wind.
Developing this resource will also play a vital role in meeting the Scottish Government’s targets of generating 100% of electricity from renewable sources – a clear indicator of our commitment to fulfilling Scotland’s vast renewable energy potential and creating a world class, globally competitive offshore wind industry.
Scotland’s unique advantages
With ideal natural resources as well as world-class infrastructure, skills and expertise in innovation and technology, Scotland has unparalleled comparative advantage in an industry that is rapidly gathering pace.
Our renewable energy resources are unrivalled in Europe. We have an estimated 25% of Europe’s total offshore wind and tidal resource. Plus The Offshore Valuation Study estimates Scotland has 40% of the UK’s total fixed offshore wind potential.
We can also lay claim to some of the leading experts and innovators in the sector, perfectly positioning Scotland as the powerhouse of European renewable energy:
- Scotland has long been an innovator and leader in the energy sector. Our successful and long-established oil and gas companies have considerable expertise in project design, deployment, operation and maintenance of deep-water offshore installations
- We have strong manufacturing capabilities and are home to world-leading companies such as BiFab, Global Energy Group and Steel Engineering who specialised in oil and gas and have made the successful transition, along with many other companies, adding renewable energy related activity to their portfolios
- Two of Europe’s largest developers of renewable energy are based in Scotland: ScottishPower Renewables and SSE Renewables
- We are emerging as a global centre for research and development in offshore wind technology and attracting key international investors. Recently, some of the world’s leading turbine manufacturers have made announcements which could potentially invest £300 million to develop the next generation of offshore wind turbines in Scotland
Read more about the UK’s potential offshore renewable energy resource: The Offshore Valuation Study.
Emergence of the Scottish Offshore Wind Industry
A relatively new industry, with the first offshore wind site in the world constructed in 1991 just outside Denmark. The UK’s first site is situated just off the coast of Blyth, Northumberland and became operational in 2000.
Scotland has vast potential in this sector and is already a key player. It is home to the Beatrice Wind Demonstrator Project in the Moray Firth, the world’s first deep water offshore development, and Robin Rigg, E.ON’s fully commissioned 180MW wind site in Solway Firth. Over the next 40 years there are proposals for development of a number of offshore wind sites in Scotland’s seas to harness the benefits of this sector.
The Offshore Wind Scotland Portal
This portal aims to highlight the incredible opportunities represented by the offshore wind sector in Scotland. During these exciting times of development of the industry the portal aims to provide an overview of elements key to successful growth. It also provides links to publications and sign posts more in-depth information provided by key partners and stakeholders.
Building the industry
Creating the infrastructure to support a successful offshore wind industry.
Journey to 2050
Learn about the strategic plans for offshore wind in Scotland moving forward to 2050.