[WORLDKINGS] The Constant World Records Seeking Journey (P.69) Hywind: World's first commercial wind farm using floating wind turbines

01-12-2020

(WorldKings.org) Installing wind turbines on the high seas is the holy grail for generating renewable energy. It’s there that powerful winds blow strong enough to potentially power the whole world without an iota of carbon pollution. And while we haven’t attained it quite yet, a brand new floating wind farm in Scotland could be a big step toward that future. Being commissioned in October 2017, World Records Union (WorldKings) officially declared Hywind is world's first commercial wind farm using floating wind turbines.

 

Based on the world record nomination from Europe Records Institute (EURI) and Decision No. WK/USA.INDIA/623/2020/No.79, World Records Union (WorldKings) officially declared Hywind is world's first commercial wind farm using floating wind turbines on December 1, 2020.

 

Hywind Scotland is the world's first commercial wind farm using floating wind turbines, situated 29 kilometres (18 mi) off Peterhead, Scotland. The farm has five 6 MW Hywind floating turbines with a total capacity of 30 MW. It is operated by Hywind (Scotland) Limited, a joint venture of Equinor (75%) and Masdar (25%).

The size of the turbines boggles the mind, let alone the fact that they actually float. Each one weighs 12,000 tons and stands 830 feet tall from tip to base, more than three times the height of the Statue of Liberty. That base is ballasted so each turbine floats upright.

To keep the turbines from drifting out to sea, chains about 1.5 miles long and 1,200 tons in weight are attached to giant suction anchors on the ocean floor.

The design of these floating offshore wind turbines allow them to be placed in up to 2,400 feet of water.  In comparison, anchored offshore turbines can only be placed in water 200 feet deep. The floating design will put wind turbines further out in the open ocean where the winds are much more consistent and powerful.

 

According to earther.gizmodo.com

 
 
 
 

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