First floating wind farm, built by offshore oil company, delivers electricity
According to Ars Technica, the world’s first floating offshore wind farm began delivering electricity to the Scottish grid on 18 October 2017.
The 30MW installation, situated 25km (15.5mi) from Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, will demonstrate that offshore wind energy can be harvested in deep waters, miles away from land, where installing giant turbines was once impractical or impossible. At peak capacity, the wind farm will produce enough electricity to power 20,000 Scottish homes.
The installation, called Hywind Scotland, is also interesting because it was built by Statoil, a Norwegian mega-corporation known for offshore oil drilling. Statoil has pursued offshore wind projects in recent years, using the company’s experience building and managing infrastructure in difficult open sea conditions to its advantage.
|First floating wind farm, built by offshore oil company, delivers electricity
Anchored, floating turbines allow offshore wind installations in deep waters.