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Floating wind farms are being piloted across the globe but Scotland is first to get a working farm of any real size operating, off the choppy coast of Aberdeenshire. The First Minister will open it if she’s not throwing up over the side of the launch at the time.
The well-named Hywind farm will generate enough energy for around 20 000 homes and sits in deep water about just over 15 miles out so not likely to spoil the view from any millionaire’s golf course. This is actually quite a small farm relative to others being built at the moment. See these:
- EDP floating offshore windfarm, Moray coast – 750 000 homes.
- Beatrice, Moray coast, floating offshore windfarm – 450 000 homes,
- 45MWh Neart na Goithe off Fife – 325 000 homes
- 50MWh Kincardineshire floating offshore farm – 500 000 homes.
- Pentland Firth tidal energy plant – 700 000 homes
You’ll remember from previous reports that Scotland has 25% of Europe’s wind energy and probably as much of its tidal energy (West coast of Ireland must have a lot too?). In addition, we have more than our share, I think, of the expertise needed to develop wind-farms on or off-shore. See:
My preference for opening the floating wind-farm would have been the Duke of Edinburgh. Aberdeenshire is surely in his patch what with his wife’s big house up that way. He might fall overboard at his age? Oh, I suppose we wouldn’t want that to happen would we?