With the Hywind project off the coast of Peterhead outstripping all expectation during its first testing phase, Statoil’s senior vice president of wind and low carbon solutions, Stephen Bull, is confident about the technology’s growth in Scotland. Achieving 65% of its maximum capacity within the first three months of production, beating a fixed-bottom array’s average of 40-60%, is no small feat. “We’ve had good data” said Mr Bull. “We had Hurricane Ophelia come in and give us a sort of baptism of fire two days before our opening in Aberdeen. The whole commissioning has been good and it means we’ve had a capacity factor of about 65% for the last three months. We’ve exceeded our budget expectations on the project so far, which is great.” The future of floating offshore wind looks bright as Hywind exceeds Statoil’s expectations. Scotland’s burgeoning offshore sector, in particular, has added to that sense of confidence with the announcement that the Kincardine Offshore Wind project will also support floating wind.
Energy Voice 12th March 2018 read more »