Scotland, the world’s largest floating offshore wind farm, has just been completed so that the country can better use its available energy resources and be able to power tens of thousands of homes annually through wind energy.
The Kincardine Offshore Wind Farm has a nominal capacity of 50 MW and is located 15 km southeast of Aberdeenshire in northeastern Scotland. Located. The wind farm wants to generate 218 gigawatt hours of electricity a year, which, according to the US Shipping Authority (ABS), is enough energy to power nearly 55,000 homes in Scotland.
ABS has also classified Kincardine as the world’s largest floating offshore wind farm. This wind farm is located on water with a depth of 60 to 80 meters. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in the United States, fixed-base offshore wind farms are located in waters up to 60 meters deep.
The world’s largest floating offshore wind farm uses five 9.5-megawatt Vestas turbines, as well as a smaller 2-megawatt Vestas turbine. The farm was developed by Kincardine Offshore Wind, a subsidiary of Pilot Offshore Renewables, and was engineered, designed, supplied and built by Cobra Wind, a subsidiary of ACS Group.
Floating offshore wind farms are on the rise and are likely to achieve a decent share of renewable energy production by 2024.
Initially, these farms used oil rig technologies, but now a new technology has emerged for them that reduces the cost of building these farms. By placing turbines in the seas, they can achieve wind speeds and stability.
The characteristics of these farms have led some large companies such as GE to focus on them and want to implement such projects. Therefore, their share of the energy market will increase in the coming years.