Low carbon vessel and energy vector analysis: Integration of floating offshore wind
University of Exeter’s report has investigated energy vectors and low-carbon vessel options in relation to floating offshore wind systems. The energy vectors that can be produced by the floating offshore wind farms
were reviewed, and their use to decarbonise the shipping sector was discussed. An assessment
framework developed by the University of Exeter team was introduced to tackle the research
challenge within floating offshore wind farms for integrating different energy vectors and low-carbon vessel solutions. The capability of the framework was first demonstrated in the analysis of a 500 MW example wind farm. The framework was then used to provide a preliminary analysis of the integration of floating offshore wind with energy vectors and low-carbon vessels. Detailed technical parameters and site-specific data are required to carry out a comprehensive assessment.