Floating wind farm planned in Scotland

A floating wind farm could soon be installed off the coast of Scotland. Dounreay Tri Limited’s prototype project, subject to planning permission, will be fully assembled on land by energy service firm Global […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

A floating wind farm could soon be installed off the coast of Scotland.

Dounreay Tri Limited’s prototype project, subject to planning permission, will be fully assembled on land by energy service firm Global Energy Group and then towed out to sea to generate renewable power.

Unlike existing wind farms, the innovative technology can be deployed in deep seas and could potentially open up the waters off the North and West coast of Scotland for wind energy development, the company claims.

The project’s two turbines will generate around 10MW of clean electricity, enough to power around 8,000 homes.

It is expected to create seven full-time jobs and a number of others in the supply chain.

Marcus Thor, Project Director for Dounreay Trì Limited, said: “We are delighted to award the construction contract for such an innovative project being installed in Scotland to a Scottish company. It certainly has great potential to deliver both renewable energy and jobs for Scotland.

“Whilst we await the outcome of our planning applications, as and when they are approved, this will place Scotland at the forefront of floating offshore wind production worldwide.”

London is also home to floating renewables, in the form of solar panels.