It’s estimated that approximately 25,000MW of offshore wind could be installed off the west coast without adverse environmental effects. This is more than 4 times the national electricity generation requirement. The scope for fixed offshore wind on the west coast is limited due to depth, foundation design, installation times etc, therefore floating wind is receiving more attention. Jonathan investigates the Hexwind research project which is being coordinated by Beaufort Research in UCC, and looks into the advantages of floating platforms over fixed and how this could contribute to Ireland’s foothold in the sustainable energy market.