The National Park Authority administers Sustainable Development Fund grants in Pembrokeshire. To read summary details of the projects supported by the fund, choose a project title from the list below.
Far offshore renewables
‘Far Offshore Renewables’ (FOR), aims to develop a floating offshore wind turbine platform and tower. SDF funding is required to build a ¼ size prototype, (250 kw turbine), following on from 1:10 and 1:15 scale models that the company has already built and launched. The full size floating wind turbine is designed to be located in deep waters and far offshore. The small scale prototype is to be built in Pembrokeshire, deployed by local companies, monitored and then fully decommissioned at the end. The aim is to recycle 90% of the structure at the end to prove overall sustainability. The quarter scale turbine platform will be installed 6 nautical miles off the coast due north of Fishguard The turbine position far offshore means that the visual impact normally associated with wind turbines is significantly reduced or negated. One of the project goals is to develop something that no one can see from shore. The design for the floating semi submerged platform is unique, anchored at only one point, 2 km apart in water deeper than 100 metres. The siting and design is sensitive to fishing requirements and collision avoidance. A successful outcome would be two fold; that the platform works out to be cost effective and that it performs satisfactorily at sea: Additionally, FOR want to make a platform that can be scaled up and find out if there are any negative environmental effects of this platform. Since this is a new concept it is virtually impossible to make an assessment from just looking at the scheme on paper as to whether it will work in reality.
Project Total Cost: £2,475,790.00
Grant Awarded: £122,691.00