With plans to be operational by September 2017, onshore construction works have begun and offshore construction is planned for summer this year for Hywind Scotland – the world’s multi-turbine first floating wind farm.
This project is an important milestone between demonstration and full commercialisation of floating wind.
The project aims to prove that floating wind on a pre-commercial scale is feasible and profitable, leading the way for floating wind farms on a larger scale.
Consisting of five Siemens SWT6MW-154 wind turbine generators, the 30MW wind farm will utilise floating bases for the turbines, which will be tethered to the seabed.
This is the first time the Siemens SWT 6MW WTG will be used in a floating wind farm, leveraging from developer Statoil’s experience and the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) acquired with the 2.3 MW prototype off the coast of Norway.
Glasgow-based renewables consultancy Sgurr Energy (part of Wood Group offshore oil and gas engineering services conglomerate), has been appointed as technical advisor to the Hywind project, to be located off Scotland’s Grampian coast.
Marc Costa Ros, Senior Consultant at Sgurr Energy said: “This project means a very significant step forward in the floating offshore wind industry, whereby the gap between technology demonstration and commercial bankable projects will be reduced.
“We are convinced that additional similar projects can and will be built over the next few years, de-risking floating wind and creating attractive investments.”