RenewableUK hails opening of world’s first floating offshore wind farm
18 October 2017
Posted by: Rob Norris
RenewableUK is highlighting the official opening of Statoil and Masdar’s Hywind floating offshore wind project off the eastern coast of Scotland – the first of its type in the world.
The 30-megawatt project at Buchan Deep, 25km from Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, will power around 20,000 households. The 5 turbines are 253 meters tall, with 78 meters submerged beneath the sea, anchored by cables to the sea bed.
Attending the official opening, RenewableUK’s Chief Executive, Hugh McNeal, said “Floating offshore wind opens up new opportunities for us to build offshore wind farms in much deeper waters than before, where wind speeds are even higher.
“The extraordinary Hywind project is being watched around the world, as floating offshore wind has the potential to be exported globally, with the UK at the heart of this ground-breaking technology. Innovation is key to the Government’s Industrial Strategy, and this is a great example of how offshore wind continues to push the parameters, creating thousands of jobs and delivering billions investment to the UK”.
In addition, an innovative new battery storage project will be piloted at Hywind next year. Storing energy generated by offshore wind turbines in batteries has the potential to mitigate the variability of wind, improving efficiency and lowering the cost of offshore wind energy even further. Statoil is working with Scottish universities, the Scottish Government, the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult and Scottish Enterprise on the Batwind project – a 1MWh lithium battery with a capacity equal to that of 2 million iPhones.
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RenewableUK is the trade and professional body for the wind, wave and tidal energy industries. Formed in 1978, and with more than 400 corporate members, RenewableUK is the country’s leading renewable energy trade association.
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