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World's first floating wind farm starts generating electricity

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.

Norwegian energy firm Statoil has been working on developing the project, known as Hywind, for more than 15 years. The floating approach allows turbines to be installed in much deeper waters than conventional offshore wind farms. This wind farm is positioned in water depths of up to 129m, whereas those fixed to the seabed are generally at depths of up to 50m.Statoil says up to 80 per cent of potential offshore wind sites are in waters more than 60m deep. The company believes floating turbines have the potential to work in depths of up to 800m.

Bird charity RSPB Scotland opposed the project, not because it dislikes the technology but because it believes too many offshore turbines in the area have already been approved. It fears thousands of sea birds may be killed by offshore wind farms.

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Wind Turbine Composite Materials Market Pit Falls, Present Scenario and Growth Prospects from 2018 to 2025

Composites are used to manufacture varied parts of wind turbine such as blades and nacelles, among others. Lightweight composite materials help to harness wind energy with high efficiency. As a result, the demand for wind turbine composite materials is rising. The global wind industry is shifting toward larger turbines with longer blades, as larger blades are capable of producing higher amount of energy at low costs. Composite materials offer higher reliability and stability. Fibres such as carbon fibre and glass fibre are majorly used in the global wind turbine composite materials market. Glass fibres are high in demand in turbine manufacturing.

Strong application scope in Energy Industry will drive the Small Wind Power Market growth till 2025

Small wind turbines comprises a wide range of wind turbines ranging from micro turbines, to residential turbines and mini turbines. The wind turbines used in these end use applications have power ratings ranging from a few watts to thousand watts.

Small wind turbines include wind turbines up to 15 meters in diameter. Although vertical axis wind turbines have witnessed rapid growth in the global small wind power market, most of the small wind turbines are conventional horizontal axis wind turbines.

This increasing demand is attributed to the growing industrialization and increasingly deeper penetration of electricity in unconnected areas. Increasing concerns regarding the adverse environmental effects, price volatilities, and economic costs brought about by the usage of fossil fuels has compelled nations into adopting renewable sources for electricity generation over the past decade.

The global small wind power market has witnessed tremendous opportunities across the globe, owing to increase in awareness among consumers about the use of renewable energy sources.

Based on installation type, the market is bifurcated into on-grid and off-grid. On the basis of application, the market is divided into domestic, small-scale industries, and others.

/Shrikant Gadekar,Simulation Engineer/

Scotland Breaks Offshore Wind Records with Powerful Turbines and Innovative Foundations

According to Vattenfall, two offshore wind industry firsts have been achieved over the past two weeks in Scotland. On Monday, April 9, the company announced that it successfully installed the world’s most powerful single turbine — an 8.8-MW behemoth standing 191 meters to blade tip and boasting a nacelle that is larger than the London Eye. The turbine is one of 11 that will be installed at the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC), also known as the Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm.


The EOWDC facility is located in Aberdeen Bay. Vattenfall said that the turbine it installed on Monday is one of two MHI Vestas turbines that have enhanced internal power modes so that they generate more wind energy. The two turbines have each increased from 8.4 MW to 8.8 MW.

The turbines are being transported from Esbjerg to Aberdeen by Swire Blue Ocean’s vessel, the Pacific Orca, where they will be lifted into position on the installed foundations. The Pacific Orca is believed to be the world’s largest wind farm installation vessel.

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Offshore Wind Is Likely The Next Big U.S. Renewable Sector

The sun sets over The Burbo Bank Offshore Wind Farm off the West Coast of the United Kingdom near Liverpool. Europe has nearly 20,000 megawatts of offshore wind power capacity in operation. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)

At this moment, 30 megawatts of offshore wind turbines are sending power to Narraganset Electric, the National Grid affiliate serving Rhode Island. They are the only offshore turbines in operation in the U.S., a pittance considering Europe is closing in on 20,000 MW in operation. But in the U.S. renewable sector, offshore wind is generating increasing excitement. Between dropping costs, ambitious state renewable targets, and a host of European developers looking to bring their knowledge stateside, the long-awaited U.S. offshore wind surge is now widely seen as imminent.

When offshore wind debuted in Europe roughly a decade ago, it was an unproven technology and banks remained wary. The first deals required 50% equity backing. Investors have grown comfortable, with some deals now hitting 80% leverage.

In the U.S., new challenges emerge. The biggest difference between the continents is the knowledge base that has been built up in Europe.

“The U.S. will certainly take advantage of the path already travelled by the EU offshore market and will be in a position to catch up in just a few years,” said Alejandro de Hoz, the vice president of U.S. offshore for Avangrid Renewables.

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Greek Island to Become Energy Independent

The Greek island of Tilos is expected to launch a wind turbine this year that, combined with a solar park, will make Tilos the first island in the Mediterranean to completely source its electricity from wind and solar. The European Commission says Tilos could serve as a model for other islands. TILOS, Greece (AP) — When the blades of its 800-kilowatt wind turbine start turning, the small Greek island of Tilos will become the first in the Mediterranean to run exclusively on wind and solar power.

The sea horse-shaped Greek island between Rhodes and Kos has a winter population of 400. But that swells to as many as 3,000 people in the summer, putting an impossible strain on its dilapidated power supply. This summer, technicians are conducting the final tests on a renewable replacement system that will be fully rolled out later this year. It will allow Tilos to run exclusively on high-tech batteries recharged by a wind turbine and a solar park.

The European Commission says Tilos will be the first autonomous renewable green island in the Mediterranean. It plans to use the project as a blueprint for other small islands across the European Union that have limited grid connection to the mainland. The EU has largely funded the project, providing 11 million euros ($12.5 million) of the total 13.7 million-euro ($15.7 million) cost.

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AREG signs MoU to share learnings with US offshore wind organisation

The Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG), partner of ELBE ESCP, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with The Business Network for Offshore Wind in the United States. The agreement, which was signed at the International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum (IPF) in Princeton on Wednesday (April 4), will see the organisations collaborate in pursuit of mutual commercial, strategic and policy interests in promoting the offshore wind industry in the U.S. and the UK.

The Network and AREG will work together to develop strategies, share access to government and business leaders in the U.S. and UK, advocate for international partnerships, and shape offshore wind policy in the two countries.

The MOU will run for three years, at which point a joint review will be undertaken by the directors into its effectiveness in achieving its objectives.

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