Dave Elliott: After an initially slow start in the 1980s and 1990s, when it lagged far behind the pioneers – Denmark and then Germany – the UK has done quite well on wind energy. That’s not really surprising since it has about the best wind resource in the world, in Scotland especially. Now the UK has reached around 21.5 GW, including 8.5 GW offshore, and leads the world in offshore deployment. More offshore wind is planned and with prices falling, to around £50/MWh in recent French auctions, the next round of the UK’s Contract for Difference (CfD) competitive auction subsidy scheme may see up to 6 GW added. Meanwhile, several already-agreed projects are in the pipeline, e.g. the 588 MW Beatrice deep water array should be on-line soon. The UK is also host to two floating offshore wind projects. The still-being-developed 10 MW Dounreay Trì Floating Wind Demonstration Project, 10 km off Thurso, with two machines mounted on a Hexicon triangular platform, and the 30 MW Hywind scheme, billed as the world’s first commercial wind farm. Five machines have now been installed on spar buoys 29 km off Peterhead, Scotland. It has been doing well.
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A giant wind turbine at Hunterston in Ayrshire is to be blown up in a controlled explosion. The 177m-high (580ft) turbine had been used a test site for offshore wind farms such as the massive Beatrice field in the Outer Moray Firth. The other turbine on the Hunterston site was dismantled by a crane last year. But operators SSE Renewables said no safe method of dismantling was possible in this case.
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