UK pushes floating wind farms in drive to meet climate targets. In the waters 15km southeast of Aberdeen, renewable energy companies are preparing to celebrate yet another landmark on the drive to end their dependence on fossil fuels in the United Kingdom. Five wind turbines taller than Gherkinville in London, anchored on a 3,000-ton buoyant platform, towed from Rotterdam to the North Sea, one of the world’s largest “floating” offshore wind farms, the Kincardin Array. Form a part. Wind farm. Wind farm developers have made a move Since the 2000s It has floating technology to overcome the limitations of traditional offshore turbines. They are attached to structures fixed to the seabed and are difficult to install beyond a depth of 60m, making them unsuitable for areas far from coasts with high wind speeds. Floating projects, anchored to the seabed by mooring lines, are rapidly shifting from the periphery to the mainstream as countries turn to technologies that help them achieve difficult climate goals. Britain was the first country to set up Floating offshore wind farm Off the coast of Peterhead, Scotland in 2017. However, the size of existing floating projects is not very large. The Kincardin Array has a power generation capacity of 50 MW, while the world’s largest conventional offshore wind farm has a power generation capacity of 3.6 GW. Larger wind developers are now strengthening their gear with plans to build larger and more schemes. Orsted in Denmark, RWE in Germany, Equinor in Norway, Scottish Power in the UK and Royal Dutch Shell are just a few of the companies on the long list of bidders competing to build a floating scheme. Auction Ownership of the seafloor rights to approximately 10 GW of offshore wind projects in Scottish waters. The bidding round will end in mid-July and the winners will be announced in early 2022. UK is investigating individually Auction Only for floating winds on the approach to the Celtic Sea, the Atlantic region west of the Bristol Channel, the English Channel and the South of the Republic of Ireland.
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