Wind energy is an established renewable energy source, but that hasn’t stopped the innovators from attempting to harness its potential out at deeper seas. The world’s first floating windfarm started delivering electricity to the Scottish power grid in October 2017, utilising an innovative battery storage system to provide power for around 20,000 households. Located 25km offshore of Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, the 30MW project – operated by Statoil in partnership with Masdar – is expected to generate around 135GWh of renewable electricity annually. The concept of floating windfarms, which use mooring lines to keep turbines upright, looks set to open up new opportunities in the Atlantic and Mediterranean ocean, while Statoil is currently talking with state governments in Hawaii and California and with representatives in Japan and Seoul about future projects. Dutch grid operator TenneT wants to take the concept of floating farms one step further. The company recently unveiled plans to surround an artificial island in the North Sea with windfarms. The company released a study highlighting how the windfarm island could be billions of pounds cheaper than conventional windfarms and power cables. The abundance of deep sea potential, as well as other innovative sea-based systems such as tidal stream energy, could make big waves in 2018.
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