Offshore wind

Scotland’s energy expertise, engineering heritage and location make us the natural choice for offshore wind projects.

Did you know?

Scotland was the first country in the world to declare a climate change emergency. Our target of net zero emissions by 2045 will halt Scotland’s contribution to global climate change within a generation.

Unrivalled natural resources

Scotland is the windbreak of Europe with 25% of Europe's entire offshore wind and tidal resource and 169GW renewable electricity potential.

50 years of expertise

Our decades in the energy industry gives us huge advantages in developing renewables projects.

Impressive project pipeline

Scotland has a strong offshore wind market ready for investment with up to 10GW in current ScotWind leasing round.

Source: Scottish Government

Leading the way in renewable energy

Scotland’s potential to shape a greener future for all

Scotland has a thriving renewable energy industry that offers excellent investment opportunities.

Scotland has 12,000km of coastline and more than 790 islands. With abundant resources, outstanding locations, exceptional experience, unrivalled government support and world-class research and development facilities Scotland is leading the world in renewables.

Scotland remains the best-placed country in Europe to realise carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS) on a commercial scale. Investing in Scotland means access to potential capital contracts worth tens of billions as well as huge export revenue possibilities.

What Scotland can offer your energy company

Join a network with innovation at its heart

Scotland is at the forefront of energy innovation. You’ll find that you can quickly take your research and development to the next level with our connected infrastructure and outstanding level of academic and industry collaboration.

In fact, Scotland’s innovation ecosystem and experienced offshore supply chain have been instrumental in driving down the cost of offshore wind globally, smashing the UK government’s price target. Scotland's offshore wind industry continues to innovate, evolve and deliver world first projects.

World first renewables projects timeline

  • 2003 EMEC (European Marine Energy Centre) – world’s first open sea wave and tidal testing sit 
  • 2007 Beatrice Demonstrator –world’s first deep-water wind project commissioned at 45m water depth
  • 2008 Eigg – world’s first off-grid renewable energy system
  • 2010 Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters – world’s first marine renewables commercial leasing round
  • 2016 Shetland Tidal Array – world’s first community owned tidal array
  • 2017 Hywind Scotland – world’s first floating wind farm
  • 2017 MeyGen 1A – world’s first utility-scale tidal array
  • 2017 Surf ‘n’ Turf – world’s first tidal-powered hydrogen electrolyser
  • 2018 EOWDC (European Offshore Wind Development Centre) – world’s most powerful turbines installed on industry-first suction jacket foundations

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Supply chain opportunities

Scotland is gearing up for large-scale commercial projects through ScotWind Leasing sites and UK’s Offshore Wind Sector Dealcreating a huge market for innovative floating wind technologies, supply chain and new infrastructure. Scotland has immediate supply chain opportunities for companies like yours wanting to tap into this fast-growing market. These include:

  • Export cable manufacture
  • Array cable manufacture
  • Large castings and forgings (wind turbine rotor hubs, bedplates and drive shafts)
  • Offshore wind turbine blades (blade lengths greater than 100m)
  • Offshore electrical substation topsides
  • Large gauge mooring chain for floating wind
  • Substructures (floating)

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Access the skills and talent you need

When it comes to energy transition skills, you’ll find the talent you need in Scotland. Pioneering renewable energy projects coupled with a 50-year history of oil and gas exploration means there is a vast and vibrant talent pool with the highest levels of energy, engineering and offshore expertise.

By choosing Scotland you’ll have access to:

  • Over 46,500 highly-skilled people working in Scotland’s low carbon industry
  • A steady stream of talent with 21,000 university graduates each year in IT, engineering, maths and the sciences, including specialist renewables degrees
  • A large pool of transferable talent from the 101,400 people employed in the oil and gas industry

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Benefit from ongoing support

By locating in Scotland, your company can immediately benefit from established and influential industry networks. You can enjoy sharing knowledge, connections, research and best practice from the moment you set up here.

Scotland’s offshore wind clusters are instrumental in connecting, supporting, promoting and accelerating the industry. They do this by influencing government, supply chain opportunities and investing in skills and infrastructure.

How we can help

"Tidal power could help deliver clean, predictable, sustainable and secure energy to millions of homes in the UK, making use of the highly sophisticated existing supply chain already present in Scotland. We would not have reached this stage without support from Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Government. Their support has allowed the industry to power ahead, and Scotland to lead the world."

Tim Cornelius, CEO of Atlantis, owners of the MeyGen project

World's first commercially funded tidal array

MeyGen’s tidal energy project in Scotland's Pentland Firth is Europe's largest tidal power project

Together with our partner organisations, we've been supporting MeyGen's work in Scotland since 2006. Eventually 269 turbines will be installed on the MeyGen project site, producing 398MW. That's enough to power 175,000 homes and support more than 100 jobs. By joining MeyGen in Scotland, your project will be at the forefront of tidal power generation.

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If you have a question about offshore wind opportunities in Scotland, our team of advisers can help.