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World’s First Floating Wind Farm Opens Up Off Scotland

The first offshore wind farm to use floating wind turbines has started producing power for the Scottish energy grid.

Hywind Scotland, the first floating wind farm in the world, was officially opened Wednesday by the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon.

The project is operated by Statoil in partnership with Masdar.

 The 30MW pilot wind farm is located in the North Sea about 25 kilometers offshore Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, and will power approximately 20,000 households. The park, made up of five Siemens 6MW wind turbines, covers an area of about 4 square kilometers, and is located in water depth ranging from 95-120 meters. The area sees an average wind speed of about 10 meters per second.

“Hywind can be used for water depths up to 800 meters, thus opening up areas that so far have been inaccessible for offshore wind. The learnings from Hywind Scotland will pave the way for new global market opportunities for floating offshore wind energy. Through their government’s support to develop the Hywind Scotland project, the UK and Scotland are now at the forefront of the development of this exciting new technology. Statoil looks forward to exploring the next steps for floating offshore wind,” says Irene Rummelhoff, executive vice president of the New Energy Solutions business area in Statoil.

The onshore operations and maintenance base for the project is located in Peterhead, Scotland, while the operations center is located in Great Yarmouth. The project feature a 1MWh Lithium battery storage solution for offshore wind energy, dubbed ‘Batwind’. Battery storage has the potential to mitigate power intermittency and optimize output.

 


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