Giant floating wind farms could soon be established in the Celtic Sea, after the Crown Estate yesterday announced plans to design and deliver new leasing contracts for early commercial-scale floating wind turbine projects off the South Wales coast and the South West peninsular. The leasing process would prioritise projects of 300MW in scale, the property management giant said, around three times larger than any rights previously awarded to floating wind projects in the UK.
Business Green 25th March 2021 read more »
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Plans to allow more floating wind farm projects to be developed off the Welsh coast have been described as “significant and exciting” for Wales. Renewable UK Cymru said it could lead to thousands of jobs along the south west coast. The Crown Estate announced it was preparing to take fresh bids from those wanting to use the technology. Seabed rights have already been granted for Wales’ first floating wind farm off the Pembrokeshire coast.
BBC 24th March 2021 read more »
Fifteen miles off the Aberdeenshire coast at Peterhead, five truly enormous wind turbines are floating in the North Sea. Standing at 175 metres (574 feet) above the surface of the water, and with a rota diameter of 154 metres, each extends a further 75 metres below the surface and has three suction anchors keeping them in place in the notoriously stormy waters. Together they became the world’s first floating windfarm when they went into operation in 2017, and they have also become the most efficient turbines in operation around the British Isles. The latest results from Norwegian company Equinor, which is the majority stakeholder in the farm, known as Hywind Scotland, shows that for a third consecutive year the farm has reached the highest “average capacity factor” of any windfarm in the UK. Average capacity factor is the ratio of actual energy output during a given period of time in comparison to the maximum possible output.
Independent 25th March 2021 read more »