In international news, the world’s first floating offshore wind farm has been inaugurated 15 miles (25km) off the shore of Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

The 30MW Hywind project, has been developed by Norwegian state-owned Statoil in partnership with Masdar.

The duo has been working on this project for more than 15 years, Climate Action Programme reported.

Hywind – floating wind farm

Climate Action Programme explains that the pilot project includes 172- meters turbines positioned in water depths of up to 129 meters.

“Another innovative element of the Hywind Scotland project is that it will be linked to 1MWh Lithium battery storage solution for offshore wind energy.

“The innovative floating approach will allow wind farms to be developed in much deeper waters than conventional offshore wind farms, which are usually placed in water depths of up to 50 meters,” Climate Action Programme said.

A green mix

Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “Scotland has developed an international reputation for modern, renewable energy technologies and Hywind Scotland – the world’s first floating wind farm – is a testament to that”.

She added: “Last month I set out our Programme for Government which made firm commitments to create a cleaner and greener Scotland, and the development of renewable energy is vital to achieving this”.

Irene Rummelhoff, Executive Vice President of the New Energy Solutions business area in Statoil drew attention to the cost of floating wind farms by stating: “Statoil has an ambition to reduce the costs of energy from the Hywind floating wind farm to € 40-60 €/MWh by 2030”.

“Knowing that up to 80% of the offshore wind resources are in deep waters (+60 meters) where traditional bottom fixed installations are not suitable, floating offshore wind is expected to play a significant role in the growth of offshore wind going forward”.

Environmental support

Gina Hanrahan, Acting Head of Policy at WWF Scotland commented: “With around a quarter of Europe’s offshore wind resource in Scotland, it’s great to see the world’s first floating wind farm inaugurated off our coast”.

“By demonstrating the commercial viability of floating wind, Scotland can help to develop the industry in new frontiers and deeper waters”.

Gina Hanrahan added: “With this kind of innovation and investment and continued political support, Scotland will continue to power towards our target of securing half of all our energy needs from renewable sources by 2030”.

 

Featured image: Statoil