offshore wind

First floating wind farm towed to Scotland from Norway

Giant turbines are on the move to Scotland to create the world’s first full-scale floating wind farm.

New technology enables the structures to float in water that is too deep for conventional offshore wind farms. 

The first of the 11,500-tonne turbines has been put in place at the Hywind development at Buchan Deep, which lies 15 miles (25km) off the north-east coast at Peterhead, Aberdeenshire.

The device was towed across from Norway, where four more are waiting to be brought over for the 30MW trial scheme, which is sufficient to power about 20,000 homes.

Announcing the decision to invest in the project previously, manufacturer Statoil said in a statement it marks “an important step forward for offshore wind technology and potentially opens attractive new markets for renewable energy production worldwide”.

Among the markets earmarked for expansion are Europe, North America and Japan.

Yesterday it emerged that Scotland experienced record wind power generation in June with an overall increase of 24 per cent for the first half of the year in comparison to 2016. 

Earlier this month researchers studying the properties of silent owls’ wings found that their leading-edge serrations are vital in sound suppression and could provide inspiration for silent wind turbine blades in the future. 

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