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.