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Steel the wind: £1m boost for floating platforms

A Wales-based collaboration has been awarded £1 million to develop floating offshore wind platforms using low carbon steel from Tata Steel’s Port Talbot site

A Wales-centred industrial collaboration, led by Swansea-based Marine Power Systems (MPS), has secured nearly £1 million in innovation funding from Innovate UK.

This project focuses on developing floating offshore wind platforms using low carbon steel from Tata Steel’s Port Talbot site.

The collaboration, named the Launchpad project, involves MPS, Tata Steel UK, Swansea University, Associated British Ports and Ledwood Engineering.

The funding aims to advance and optimise PelaFlex, MPS’s floating offshore wind platform, for use in the Celtic Sea.

The project seeks to maximise local supply chains for material sourcing, fabrication, manufacture, and deployment.

Graham Foster, MPS Chief Technology Officer commented: “We are confident that through this project we will be able to optimise our platform design to increase the amount of local, low carbon steel used for each platform from around 10% to over 50% – that could be as much as 50,000 tonnes of steel each year, based on ongoing supply into Celtic Sea floating wind projects.”

Tata Steel UK’s CEO Rajesh Nair added: “Collaborations with industrial partners such as MPS demonstrate the huge potential benefits of producing green steels as well as providing security for local supply chains and the communities that surround us.”

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