Worlds First Floating Turbines Become a Reality

Hywind Scotland is a 30MW installation off the coast of Scotland. Statoil

For the first time, the world has a floating offshore wind farm.

25 km (15.5 mi) outside of Peterhead, Scottland,the brand new offshore wind turbines will harvest energy in deep waters. Now a reality, the 30MW installation was once considered an impractical feat. This is a momentum gain in the race to advance technology in clean energy.

The Scottish grid will immediately benifit from the engergy created energy that is created by the turbines.  An onshore lithium-ion battery will help the system regulate power delivery and optimize power. At peak capacity, the wind farm will produce enough electricity to power 20,000 Scottish homes.

The advantage of building offshore floating wind turbines is that the winds are much steadier and faster the further out at sea. Another benefit is that residents on the coast will not be complaining about the turbines ruining the coastal view. The turbines are anchored far enough that they cannot be seen on the horizon.

The first commercialized turbines were designed by Norwegian mega-corp Statoil. Statoil is known for offshore oil drilling and Statoil is confident that it can now build these floating wind farms faster and cheaper.  This move of building the turbines and the potential for future growth  is a hopeful sign for pushing the agenda of green energy.

Three anchors 78m (256ft) below sea level will moor the 176m (577ft) towers are moored to the seabed. The cost of the project was roughly 200 million pounds ($263 million USD). According to Bloomberg, Renewable Obligation Certificates will help Statoil recover that cost from the British Government.

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