Formalised with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) the two parties will help develop the hydrogen and offshore wind value chain across Scotland, Région Occitanie in France, and internationally.

The companies claim that the DeepWind supply chain cluster is the largest offshore wind representative body in Scotland with more than 700 members drawn from industry, academia and the public sector.

With this, the cluster is specialising in fixed and floating offshore wind in deeper waters.

This could grant a huge boost to both the offshore and hydrogen value chains and help create vast amounts of energy that can be used for decarbonisation.

Hydrogen alternatively will be utilised to enrich its economy and decarbonise hard-to-abate sectors.

Wind’Occ, on the other hand, promotes the floating offshore wind industry in the Occitanie region of southern France.

The organisation brings together companies, academics and local clusters (Cemater, Pole Mer Mediterranée) to support local offshore wind activities taking place, working closely with its regional economic development agency, AD’OCC.

Ivan McKee, Government Trade Minister of Scotland, said, “Development of offshore wind, the hydrogen economy and a strong and innovative supply chain are key to Scotland’s transition to net zero and will support our green economic recovery.

“This agreement is a great example of two organisations constructively working together to further mutual economic interests that are also shared by the Scottish Government.

“As set out in our National Strategy for Economic Transformation, we want to be a dynamic and innovative country, where we can attract international investment in research and the industries of the future, which will help us reach our climate targets.”

Paul O’Brien, DeepWind Cluster Manager said, “DeepWind welcomes the opportunity that this cooperation agreement with Wind’Occ opens up between Scotland and France to work towards a common goal in the areas of floating wind and hydrogen generation.

“The marriage of these two technologies will be one of the major decarbonisation routes for Europe and this MoU strengthens the already strong ties between the members of both clusters.”

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