Community & Benefits

Need for the Llŷr Floating Offshore Wind Demonstration Projects

The Llŷr project objective in establishing the project is to generate knowledge and experience to:

  • Optimize the design of floating wind arrays to bring down costs for future floating offshore wind developments in the Celtic Sea and wider European Atlantic Coast.
  • Contribute to the accelerated development of the floating offshore wind industry by meaningfully addressing potential short- and long-term impacts to sensitive environmental habitats, the commercial fishing industry and existing maritime users.
  • Provide a research platform to understand the interactions of floating offshore wind with the Celtic Sea natural environment.
  • Identify and maximize potential opportunities and benefits to the Welsh supply chain and employment opportunities.

The Llŷr site has been carefully chosen to allow suitable access to evaluate both the technology performance and its environmental interactions.  The project provides a unique opportunity to identify issues and test mitigation and monitoring strategies prior to wider commercial rollout in the Celtic Sea region.

Supply Chain Development

Llŷr provides an opportunity for the local supply chain, infrastructure and workforce to build the necessary investment, capacity and learning at a manageable rate in advance of large-scale deployment

Maximizing Economic Impact

Llŷr provides direct economic and employment benefits while enabling the Welsh and UK governments to meet their ambitious net zero targets and  providing an opportunity to establish the region as the European centre for floating offshore wind.

Research

Llŷr offers a unique opportunity for industry and academia to promote educational research, learning and understanding in a wide range of technical fields (e.g. environment, engineering, economics, materials, industrialization, etc)

Environmental Interactions

The project will provide a platform to understand floating offshore wind interactions with the natural environment before the roll out of larger scale commercial deployment.