Located in the North Sea, this first floating wind farm of the UK would be equipped with five 6 MW turbines tethered to the seabed by a series of anchors.
Irene Rummelhoff, executive vice president for new energy solutions at Statoil said “Floating wind represents a new, significant and increasingly competitive renewable energy source.”
“Statoil’s objective with developing this pilot park is to demonstrate a commercial, utility-scale floating wind solution, to further increase the global market potential,” she addStephen Bull, senior vice president for wind power projects at Statoil ASA said “Offshore wind has a strong potential along the coast of the UK and it’s a natural place to try and develop and build our business.”
Deputy first minister of Scorland, John Swinney said “Hywind is a hugely exciting project – in terms of electricity generation and technology innovation – and it’s a real testament to our energy sector expertise and skilled workforce that Statoil chose Scotland for the world’s largest floating wind farm.
“The momentum is building around the potential for floating offshore wind technology to unlock deeper water sites. The ability to leverage existing infrastructure and supply chain capabilities from the offshore oil and gas industry create the ideal conditions to position Scotland as a world leader in floating wind technology,” he added.
Compared to typical offshore wind farms, the cost of production, installation and maintenance of offshore wind farms is drastically low as most of the construction work is done onshore.
The floating wind farm would use the wind generated by unique currents and circulations in deep-water environment. The 30 MW pilot project would meet the energy needs of about 20,000 Scottish homes.
Statoil is showcasing low-carbon leadership as it has already developed Sheringham Shoal offshore wind farm offshore eastern England.
The North Sea has high potential for deep offshore wind energy, with the European Wind Energy Association stating that in 2050, the energy produced in this area could meet the EU’s electricity needs by more than four times over.