Inaugurated in Scotland, the world’s first floating offshore wind farm, shows potential for scaling the country’s offshore wind by reducing energy costs.
The 30MW project is located 15 miles (25km) off the shore of Peterhead, Aberdeenshire; and was developed by the Norwegian state-owned Statoil, which has been working on the Hywind project for more than 15 years, in partnership with Masdar.
The pilot floating wind farm comprises four 172- meters turbines positioned in water depths of up to 129 meters.
Another innovative element of the Hywind Scotland project is that it will be linked to 1MWh Lithium battery storage solution for offshore wind energy which will allow wind farms to be developed in much deeper waters than conventional offshore wind farms, which are usually placed in water depths of up to 50 meters.
The developers accrue part of the project’s success to its ability to leverage existing infrastructure and supply chain capabilities from the Scottish offshore and Oil & Gas industry.
While offshore wind farms may be costly to run than onshore farms, according to Irene Rummelhoff, Executive Vice President of the New Energy Solutions business area in Statoil, the developers aim to reduce the costs of energy from the Hywind floating wind farm to € 40-60 €/MWh by 2030.
The pilot project followed the successful operation of a prototype installed off the island of Karmøy in Norway.