With countries breaking boundaries with renewable energy, Scotland is miles ahead. The first ever floating wind farm is finally generating off-shore wind power. Officials hope that the installation could give power nearly 20,000 homes. The Hywind project is located 25 km (15 miles) off the coast of Peterhead in Aberdeenshire.
“Statoil has the ambition to reduce the costs of energy from the Hywind floating wind farm to € 40-60 €/MWh by 2030. Knowing that up to 80% of the offshore wind resources are in deep waters (+60 meters) where traditional bottom fixed installations are not suitable, floating offshore wind is expected to play a significant role in the growth of offshore wind going forward.”
Statoil also has another major UK-based project. The Dudgeon offshore wind farm was recently completed and is in production. Statoil also plans to invest in the Apodi solar power system in Brazil as well as another offshore wind farm in Germany.
In the push toward renewable energies, the country has implemented infrastructure supporting their goals. The Statoil/Hywind project alone created 1,500 jobs within the final field. It’s also one of the largest development goals over the last decade in the country. Scotland also boasts the world’s first large-scale tidal power farm. The MeyGen tidal stream project operates off of Scotland’s northern coast. Current estimates say that the MeyGen project powers up to 175,000 homes.
It can be said that Scotland is driving this car to the reduction in carbon emission faster than many countries.