Three UK offshore windfarm projects have won subsidy auctions to secure a guaranteed price as low as £57.50 MWh, leading to calls for a rethink on the government's nuclear policy
The latest OPEN Whitepaper throws the spotlight on the technology poised to drive the next major expansion in renewable energy – floating platform offshore wind turbines.
It highlights the huge scope for growth in what is a young industry just emerging from a period of R&D – the world's first commercial-scale floating wind farm is due to be stationed 25 kilometres off the coast of Peterhead, Scotland, later this year.
The offshore wind sector in Europe is set for huge expansion, with three major European countries pledging to nearly quintuple EU’s offshore wind installed capacity in just 10 years.
An offshore wind farm off Liverpool Bay is the first to use giant 8MW turbines to produce enough electricity to power 230,000 homes.
Each of the giant, 195-metre tall turbines at Dong Energy’s Burbo Bank Extension facility can, with a single rotation, generate enough power to supply an average home for 29 hours, the energy company reported.