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Floating Power: Plans for the World's Largest Floating Wind Farm Are Given the Green-Light as Part of Growing Interest in Scottish Offshore Wind Energy

Magazine article Geographical

Floating Power: Plans for the World's Largest Floating Wind Farm Are Given the Green-Light as Part of Growing Interest in Scottish Offshore Wind Energy

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With construction due to start as early as 2016, the proposal for a new wind farm on the Scottish coast is part of a rising trend towards Scottish offshore wind. The pilot project, submitted by Norwegian oil and gas multinational Statoil, will be built 25km off the coast off Peterhead in Aberdeenshire. Its five 6MW turbines will have the capacity to power 19,900 homes.

'As it stands, the UK is the biggest producer of offshore wind,' says Dr Tavis Potts, senior lecturer in Environmental Geography at the University of Aberdeen, 'mainly because the conditions are ideal: the UK coast has a plenty of wind and a history of offshore research and development.' However, only around ten per cent of the UK's offshore wind energy comes from Scotland, the rest being generated south of the border. The Statoil pilot project is part of a plan to unlock coastal sites on the Scottish coast.

What makes this scheme interesting is that when completed it will be the largest floating wind farm in the world. …

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