The giant wind turbines required to create the world’s first floating wind farm are being towed into place off the coast in Scotland.
One of the five floating turbines that is being used in the trial scheme at Buchan Deep, 15 miles off the coast of Peterhead, has already been towed into position, with four more set to follow from Norway.
New technology is being utilised to allow the turbines to be located in areas of incredibly deep water, where it wouldn’t be possible to construct traditional offshore wind turbines.
Senior Policy Manager at Scottish Renewables Lindsay Roberts told the Buchan Observer that the trial project is “hugely exciting”.
“The potential global market for floating offshore wind technologies is significant, so it’s fantastic to see Scotland once again at the forefront of an innovative, burgeoning industry,” she stated.
Of course, this new technology will provide new challenges, not only in terms of installation but also maintenance. It will therefore be essential for operators to have robust emergency response plans in place to deal with any potential incidents.
Once they’re up and running, these floating turbines are expected to generate enough energy to power 20,000 homes.
This isn’t the only new wind power scheme attracting attention of late, with the extension to the Burbo Bank windfarm in Liverpool began operating earlier this year. Some 32 new turbines have been installed at the site, each one of which stands taller than London’s Gherkin.
These new turbines are more efficient than their older counterparts, with the industry constantly taking strides towards making wind energy more cost effective.