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[*] Post 509718 posted on 18-10-2017 at 12:26 Reply With Quote
World's first floating wind farm starts generating electricity



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The world's first floating wind farm has started delivering electricity to the Scottish grid.
Five giant turbines have been tethered to the seabed about 15 miles from Peterhead in Aberdeenshire.
The wind farm has been officially opened by Nicola Sturgeon.
The first minister said the project, which will generate enough power for about 20,000 homes, was testament to Scotland's "international reputation" for renewable energy.


At 175m from sea surface to blade tip, the turbines are almost as tall as the Queensferry Crossing.
They extend another 78 metres below the surface and are chained to the seabed to stay in place.
Norwegian energy firm Statoil has been working on developing the project, known as Hywind, for more than 15 years.


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[*] Post 509719 posted on 18-10-2017 at 12:46 Reply With Quote


Interesting. Watch this space to see how it does.
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[*] Post 509725 posted on 18-10-2017 at 23:42 Reply With Quote


The concept sounds great, I wonder how it would cope with some of the vagaries of storms at sea. Is the location anywhere near the North Sea? I understand that that can be quite dangerous, that even the oil platforms sometimes come to grief.
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