World’s first floating wind farm delivers promising results

By Michelle Froese Written by Greg LupionContributor
Three months after deployment, the world’s first floating wind farm surpassed performance expectations, according to its operator, Statoil. The five-turbine, 30-MW Hywind Scotland Pilot Park — situated 15 miles off the Aberdeenshire Coast — operated at 65% of its maximum theoretical capacity last November, December, and January, the Norwegian energy company said.
Each of the five floating wind turbines at Hywind Scotland Pilot Park is capable of pumping 6 MW of energy into the grid for a project total of 30 MW of generating capacity. When not used, power is stored in lithium batteries for later use. Watch

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