Katanes Wind/Ocean Power Scotland. The projects could be up and running by 2020.
DP Energy and Floating Power Plant push forward with plans for Katanes wind-wave project in Scotland.
Environmental organizations are enthusiastic about floating wind technology because it allows turbines to be placed far offshore – away from seabird nesting sites.
De Pietro about Katanes
Simon De Pietro, CEO DP Energy:
’We have undertaken a detailed analysis of the Katanes project located off Caithness and Sutherland in the north of Scotland and, having completed EIA screening, have decided to proceed to the next stage of this development.
Scotland windparks revenues have been enormous last October.
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Proponents say floating turbines could eclipse fixed-bottom ones in the long run.
The floating wind park in Scotland is producing it’s first energy. October 18, the windpark called Hywind Scotland has officially been opened by Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
Fixed-bottom turbines can only be installed at water depths down to 40 meters, making them little use for the steeply shelved coastlines of the US west coast or Japan.
If you look at coastlines around the world, there’s few that have sufficient area at depths down to 40 meters so if they want to deploy offshore wind, they need to introduce floating wind. Floating windfarms could be placed farther out to sea to avoid the sort of aesthetic objections that scuppered a £3.5b windfarm off the Dorset coast.
Thick mooring lines will tether the towers to the sea base. The turbines can operate in water up to a kilometre deep
World’s first floating wind farm emerges off the north-east coast of Scotland (UK). Over there, the waters are too deep for conventional bottom-standing turbines. That’s why manufacturer Statoil has chosen this floating technology. It’s a pilot for more deep ocean regions in the world like the west coast of the US en coasts of Japan.
“It’s a game-changer for floating wind power and we are sure it will help bring costs down,” said Leif Delp, project director for Hywind.
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