World’s first floating windfarm to take shape off coast of Scotland
Turbines for A?200m Hywind project will be towed from Norway across North Sea and moored to seabed off north-east Scotland
The worlda��s first floating windfarm has taken to the seas in a sign that a technology once confined to research and development drawing boards is finally ready to unlock expanses of ocean for generating renewable power.
After two turbines were floated this week, five now bob gently in the deep waters of a fjord on the western coast of Norway ready to be tugged across the North Sea to their final destination off north-eastA�Scotland.
The A?200m Hywind projectA�is unusual not just because of the pioneering technology involved, which uses a 78-metre-tall underwater ballast and three mooring lines that will be attached to the seabed to keep the turbines upright. It is also notable because the developer is not a renewable energy firm but Norwaya��s Statoil, which is looking to diversify away from carbon-based fuels.
Irene Rummelhoff, head of the oil firma��s low-carbon division, said the technology opened up an enormous new resource of wind power.
a�?Ita��s almost unlimited. Currently we are saying [floating windfarms will work in] water depths of between 100 and 700 metres, but I think we can go deeper than that. It opens up ocean that was unavailable,a�? she said.
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