Only days after the announcement of the construction of ‘the largest tidal energy project in the world’ in the Pentland Firth, the news that wind farms powered 4 million Scottish homes last month and the report of the launch of a prototype of a revolutionary new type of floating multi turbine platform to be sited near Dounreay, we hear more good news and, interestingly, that the latter may not require much further thought as the Scottish Government approves an application to develop a huge floating wind farm off the coast of Aberdeenshire. Reported in Scottish Construction Now today:
‘The green light has been given to Kincardine Offshore to build the world’s largest floating wind array, consisting of up to eight 6MW semi-submersible turbines, which will operate 15km off the coast of Kincardineshire. The first turbine of the 50MW array is expected to be on site in the second quarter of 2018.’
According to the report, this will be just the beginning of a new era in reliable renewable energy production, create 110 jobs and reduce CO2 emissions by around 90 000 tonnes per year. The advantages of this technology can be found in a previous piece:
This kind of development, along with the land-based wind farms and the marine turbine fields shows that the Scottish Government target of generating half of our energy from renewables by 2030 may prove too modest an aim.
As floating wind farms tend to be located well out to sea and thus out of sight, we must assume Donald Trump did not object. I do wonder if it’s the aesthetics of wind farms that worry him or a fear of the effect that one, too close, may have on his hair.