The UK is in a unique position. According to Department for International Trade (DIT) data, the nation is the world leader in offshore wind developments, with more capacity than any other country. “Offshore wind powers over 7.5 million UK homes a year,” outlines the official press release, “and it is set to become the backbone of a clean, reliable and affordable energy system. By 2030, the UK will be getting about a third of its electricity from offshore wind.” The immense natural resources off the far north coast of Scotland account for a sizeable share of the UK’s renewable energy capacity. The relatively small size of the country belies its impressive use and contribution to developing this clean source of energy. The Scottish government achieved an ambitious goal of generating 50% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2015 and has only narrowly missed its target of 100% by 2020. The majority of its energy comes from wind power.
Harnessing the immense natural energy freely available is difficult and establishing, and operating wind farms involves multifaceted processes and many years of planning. RSK has decades of industry experience and Ferenc Kis, Renewable Energy Business Development Director, participated in a recent DIT event to showcase the group’s ability to facilitate wind farm developments. The event took place virtually on Tuesday, 16 March and it outlined the latest developments in the industry, technological trends, challenges and the UK’s achievements in becoming a leader in the offshore wind industry.
The event gathered representatives from the energy sector and the wider business community from the UK and the Baltic states. It was presented in three distinct sections. Ferenc co-hosted a 20-minute talk regarding seabed movement and the challenges of developing offshore wind farms. Dr Paul Doherty, Gavin and Doherty Geosolutions’ Managing Director, joined Ferenc, and the two positioned RSK and its partners as a source of expertise in the regions.
Last October, eight EU member states, including Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, signed a joint declaration of intent, committing the countries to closer cooperation concerning developing the offshore- wind-energy area of the Baltic Sea. The declaration emphasised the Baltic Sea region’s potential to become a crucial offshore wind-energy area, reaching up to 93 GW capacity, from 2.2 GW today, by 2050. The DIT event was a valuable follow-up to the declaration and enabled interested parties to discuss the ambitious plan.
“The well-organised and well-attended event was a tremendous success,” said Ferenc. “We learned a lot about the implementation of the Baltic offshore wind declaration and the development of the market in the region. There is huge scope for a company as experienced and well-known as RSK to open up new avenues. Both Paul and I took relevant questions on the environmental challenges regarding the development of offshore wind farms.”