The world’s most powerful offshore wind turbine has been successfully installed at Swedish power company Vattenfall’s European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC).
The turbine — which has a tip height of 191m and rotor blades of 80m each — is the first of 11 to be installed at the site in Aberdeen Bay. Vattenfall has confirmed that it is one of two turbines at the EOWDC to boast enhanced internal power modes that will generate more energy.
The adjustments have upped the turbines’ capacity from 8.4MW to 8.8MW. Yesterday’s installation marks the first time that an 8.8MW turbine has been commercially deployed in the offshore wind industry.
“The turbines for the EOWDC, Scotland’s largest offshore wind test and demonstration facility, help secure Vattenfall’s vision to be fossil fuel free within one generation,” says Gunnar Groebler, Vattenfall’s head of business area wind.
“The EOWDC, through its innovative approach to cost reduction and pioneering technologies, leads the industry drive towards generating clean and competitive wind energy.”
Once complete, the EOWDC’s energy output will total 93.2MW and the facility will produce the equivalent of over 70 per cent of Aberdeen’s domestic electricity demand. It will also displace 134,128 tonnes of CO2 each year.
The turbines are being transported from Esbjerg to Aberdeen by Swire Blue Ocean’s vessel, the Pacific Orca, which is believed to be the largest wind farm installation vessel in the world.