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Thursday, 16 November 2017 12:43

World's first floating wind farm starts production off Scotland

This autumn electricity started flowing from the world's first floating wind farm operated by Statoil in partnership with Masdar. The 30 MW Hywind Scotland pilot park will demonstrate the feasibility of future commercial floating wind farms that could be more than four times the size. This will further increase the global market potential for offshore wind energy.

The 30MW wind farm is located 25 kilometres offshore Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, and will power approximately 20,000 households. The onshore operations and maintenance base for Hywind Scotland is located in Peterhead, while the operations centre is located in Great Yarmouth, England.

Linked to the Hywind Scotland project Statoil and partner Masdar will also install Batwind, a 1MWh Lithium battery storage solution for offshore wind energy. Battery storage has the potential to mitigate intermittency and optimise output.