World's First Floating Wind Farm Will Power 20000 Homes

World's First Floating Wind Farm Will Power 20000 Homes

Andrew Cummings
October 18, 2017

Rummelhoff said, "Statoil has an ambition to reduce the costs of energy from the Hywind floating wind farm to €40-60 €/MWh by 2030". Earlier this year, in January, Abu Dhabi's renewable energy company, Masdar, acquired a 25% stake in the project.

Situated some 15 miles from Peterhead, Norwegian operator Statoil's five turbine development will provide enough power for around 20,000 homes. WWF Scotland confirmed this was a record for 2017, and that the day's wind generated sufficient electricity to power 7.116 m homes, or nearly three times the number of Scottish households (294 per cent).

The 30-megawatt project is set to be officially opened by Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland, later today.

Hywind Scotland is adding to Statoil's strong United Kingdom presence, and over the last few years Statoil's footprint has grown in the UK.

Claire Mack, chief executive of Scottish Renewables, said: "Hywind's presence in Scottish waters is a reminder that, as the windiest country in Europe, and with some of the deepest waters and most promising offshore wind sites, Scotland is perfectly placed to capitalise on floating turbine technology".

The world's first offshore floating wind farm has started to deliver electricity to the Scottish grid, providing power to approximately 20,000 households.

Another innovative element of the Hywind Scotland project is that it will be linked to 1MWh Lithium battery storage solution for offshore wind energy. "Statoil looks forward to exploring the next steps for floating offshore wind".

With up to 80% of potential offshore wind resource located in deep waters unsuitable for traditional bottom-fixed installations, Statoil believes that floating offshore wind will follow a similar downward cost trajectory of traditional offshore wind projects.

Statoil announced in March of 2016 that it would be building a pilot battery storage solution for Hywind Scotland, cheekily named Batwind.

"The extraordinary Hywind project is being watched around the world, as floating offshore wind has the potential to be exported globally, with the United Kingdom at the heart of this ground-breaking technology", RenewableUK's chief executive Hugh McNeal said in a statement.

"The learnings from Hywind Scotland will pave the way for new global market opportunities for floating offshore wind energy".

Aberdeenshire is no stranger to public opposition to offshore wind farm projects, with U.S. President Donald Trump trying unsuccessfully to get British courts to block construction of turbines visible from his golf course.

"With around a quarter of Europe's offshore wind resource in Scotland, it's great to see the world's first floating windfarm inaugurated off our coast", added Gina Hanrahan, Acting Head of Policy at WWF Scotland.

She stated that with the United Kingdom already being a leader in offshore wind actively driving down costs, it can do the same with this niche technology. "Now is the time for the current government to act to ensure that the economic benefits of the tidal stream industry are preserved for the United Kingdom economy, and marine power becomes a meaningful part of the UK's future renewable energy mix".

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