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The world’s first full scale floating wind turbine is being installed off the coast of north-east Scotland. The floating foundations will enable turbines to operate in deeper waters and will dramatically reduce the cost of installation. 

In total five Siemens Gamesa 6MW turbines are being installed at the Peterhead wind farm, known broadly as Hywind, which will provide power to 20,000 homes.

Norwegian oil and gas giant Statoil has produced the turbines and hope that the floating foundations will enable turbines to be installed in many viable sites that are currently too deep for monopiles.


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Marine engineering consultancy firm LOC Group has launched LOC Renewables, a new service team focus specifically on supporting offshore renewable wind projects. The new team is headed by RV Ahilan, Group Director of Renewables Advisory & Energy Technology, and focuses on design, engineering, and marine warranty survey consultancy.

The winds of change are blowing through the global energy ecosystem as renewable technologies become increasingly competitive and an growing sense of reality regarding the need for long-term sustainability come to bear. One development that is becoming increasingly cost effective is wind energy, with recent studies finding costs of the technology to be falling fast.


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The technology group Wärtsilä signed in January a contract with Babcock International Group plc to design and build a number of switchboards and distribution boards for the world's first offshore reactive compensation station, a vital part of transmitting to shore the electricity produced sustainably by the offshore wind farm.

The Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm is currently under construction at Babcock Rosyth in Scotland. Upon completion, the wind farm, operated by DONG Energy, will be the largest offshore wind farm in the world. Wärtsilä will supply the Wärtsilä Low voltage switchboards for the world's first offshore reactive compensation station.


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