The world’s strongest single offshore wind turbine has been put in by Vattenfall in waters off the coast of Scotland.
The turbine is the primary of 11 to be deployed on the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) in Aberdeen Bay.
The turbine is certainly one of two which have been considerably enhanced with additional inner energy modes which have elevated output from Eight.four MW to eight.Eight MW – the primary time an Eight.Eight MW mannequin has been deployed commercially within the offshore wind business.
Together with the 9 Eight.four MW generators, this considerably boosts the EOWDC’s output to 93.2 MW and permits the power to supply the equal of greater than 70 per cent of Aberdeen’s home electrical energy demand.
The set up of the turbine this week comes lower than two weeks after the primary of the EOWDC’s suction bucket jacket foundations was efficiently put in. The EOWDC is the primary offshore wind challenge to deploy the foundations at business scale and Vattanfall mentioned that pairing them with the world’s strongest generators represents one other business first.
Gunnar Groebler, Vattenfall’s Head of Business Area Wind, mentioned: “The generators for the EOWDC, Scotland’s largest offshore wind take a look at and demonstration facility, assist safe Vattenfall’s imaginative and prescient to be fossil fuel-free inside one technology. The EOWDC, via its progressive strategy to price discount and pioneering applied sciences, leads the business drive in direction of producing clear and aggressive wind vitality energy – one that may reinforce Scotland’s international vitality standing.”
MHI Vestas has specifically designed the V164-Eight.four MW and V164-Eight.Eight MW generators which all have a tip top of 191 metres. Each blade is 80 metres lengthy and the 164 metre rotor has a circumference bigger than that of the London Eye.
EOWDC challenge director at Vattenfall, Adam Ezzamel, mentioned: “The first turbine set up is a big achievement and credit score to the diligence and engineering know-how of the challenge crew and contractors. For it to be one of many Eight.Eight MW fashions makes it an much more momentous second as a result of it additional endorses the EOWDC as a world-class hub of offshore wind innovation.
“We are very excited by the cutting-edge know-how deployed on all of the generators and it’s outstanding that only one rotation of the blades can energy the average UK house for a day.”
MHI Vestas chief operations officer, Flemming Ougaard, mentioned, “We are very happy to have put in the primary of 11 generators at Aberdeen Bay. Our collaboration with Vattenfall not solely gives clear wind vitality for the UK, but in addition is a vital alternative for us to realize beneficial expertise with a number of completely different applied sciences. We sit up for the profitable set up of the remaining generators.”
The generators are being transported from Esbjerg to Aberdeen by Swire Blue Ocean’s vessel, the Pacific Orca, the place they are going to be lifted into place on the put in foundations. The Pacific Orca is believed to be the world’s largest wind farm set up vessel.
Jean Morrison, chair of Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group, mentioned: “The EOWDC is main the way in which when it comes to innovation for the offshore wind sector and can assist allow the following technology of offshore wind. It’s an actual coup for the area to have the world’s strongest generators on its doorstep and cements Aberdeen’s place as a significant international vitality metropolis. It additionally will lead us to a greener future.”