Statoil: Floating turbines in US and Japan
Statoil has identified Japan and the two US states of California and Hawaii as leading markets for the development of floating offshore wind farms. Statoil develops the 30 MW Hywind Scotland, which, when it is in operation at the end of the year, becomes the first floating offshore wind farm at commercial level.
"The company is currently investigating the possibilities of expanding its floating offshore wind farm to these areas," says Irene Rummelhoff, the Norwegian energy company's head of New Energy Solutions for Reuters, according to Offshore Wind Today.
Hywind Scotland will consist of five Siemens 6MW turbines mounted on liquid SPAR type foundations, which are docked to the seabed in water depths between 90 and 120 meters. The floating offshore turbines will have a total height of 258 meters. The 178 meters will be above sea level, the remaining 80 meters are submerged underwater.
Right now, the technology is not competitive on the price. But it cannot be ruled out that the technology can develop so much that it can also challenge offshore wind turbines with solid foundation within five to seven years, according to Tim Fischer, director of Rambøll's wind division. Statoil is currently a leader in floating offshore wind farms.
Source: Offshore Wind / Maritime Denmark