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World’s first floating wind farm known as Hywind being built off the coast of Scotland in the North on a trial basis for 20,000 homes. Floating wind farm to harvest wind power in waters too deep for bottom standing turbines usually installed in shallow waters.

First Floating Wind Farm off Scotland Coast

First Floating Wind Farm off Scotland Coast

First Floating Wind Farm off Scotland Coast

Floating Wind Farm

  • Traditional fixed turbines only work at a depth of 20 - 50m on a stationary base.
  • Floating turbines not attached to the seabed by foundations but just attached by long mooring tethers.

Key Facts About the Farm

  • Park to be four square kilometers in deep sea.
  • Each turbine floating at a depth of between 95 and 120 m.
  • Each turbine tower, with the blades is to be 175m high and weigh 11,500 ton.
  • Large buoy filled with iron ore weighs the base to keep it upright.
  • Turbines use new blade technology- twitting the blades to lessen the impact of wind, waves and currents to hold turbine tower upright.

Benefits of Floating Farm

  • Floating wind farms can operate in waters up to a km deep.
  • Power output also larger than current stationary turbines.
  • Revolutionary tech development to demonstrate floating wind farm technology in open sea conditions
  • The costs are also brought down

Wind Power in India

  • As of the end of March 2017 the total installed wind power capacity was 32.17 GW, mainly spread across the South, West and North regions.
  • Leveled tariff of wind power reached a record low of ₹3.46 per kWh in 2017
  • In 2015, the MNRE set the target for Wind Power generation capacity by the year 2022 at 60,000 MW.

- Published/Last Modified on: August 24, 2017


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