Next generation to explore green energy out of the blue

Floventis Energy, a joint venture between Cierco and SBM Offshore, has partnered with the Darwin Centre to inspire the next generation of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) superstars in Pembrokeshire.

The bespoke programme will include a series of workshops on floating offshore wind for key stage 3 pupils throughout Pembrokeshire. These will consist of an overview of climate change, fossil fuels and the benefits of renewable energy with a focus on mitigating climate change and future job opportunities.

Schools will have the option to choose between two different workshops: one that focuses on platform design and construction and the other focused on climate change and wind turbine design. Educational resources will be created and provided to the participating schools.

Tessa Blazey, Director of Policy and External Affairs for Floventis Energy, said: “We’re unlocking the potential of floating offshore wind in Wales and that includes supporting the development of a whole new industry that will create much-needed jobs and opportunities. We have an important responsibility to captivate the imagination of our future generations, which is why we have partnered with the Darwin Centre to build the skills we need for a prosperous future.”

Samantha Williams, Manager of the Darwin Centre, said: “We want to ensure our young people can seize the opportunity from new technologies and renewable energy. Engaging them with STEM subjects helps to develop a variety of skillsets and motivate future generations to think about the world around us and the exciting career opportunities ahead. 

“Floating offshore wind in the Celtic Sea is expected to become a major employer so it is great to have Floventis on board with our work here at the Darwin Centre.”

The Darwin Centre for Biology and Medicine was founded by biochemist Professor Tony Campbell CBE in 1993 and registered as a charity in 1994. Based in Pembrokeshire, the Darwin Centre aims to engage and enthuse young people and communities in STEM subjects through hands-on field trips and workshops, from rock-pooling to theoretical nuclear physics. The charity raises aspirations through opening up access to experts within the STEM industry and highlights potential careers available to the young people of Pembrokeshire.