The Anonymous Widower

First-Ever Subsidy-Free Offshore Wind Farm Halfway Done

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on

These three paragraphs, outline the project.

Cadeler’s wind turbine installation vessel Wind Osprey has installed the 70th Siemens Gamesa 11 MW wind turbine at the 1.5 GW Hollandse Kust Zuid offshore wind farm in the Dutch North Sea.

The installation of the 70th turbine marks the halfway milestone on the 140-turbine project, Cadeler said.

Once fully installed and commissioned in the summer of 2023, Hollandse Kust Zuid will become the largest operating offshore wind farm, as well as the first one built without government subsidies.

I very much believe that in the near future many, if not all wind farms will be built without subsidy.


November 4, 2022 Posted by | Energy | , , | Leave a comment

Blackpool Needs A Diamond

Every year there are more and more depressing reports about Blackpool and there was another today.

Something dramatic needs to be done.

One of the successful scientific weapons that has been deployed on any number of problems, including the Covid-19 and malaria, has been the impressive Diamond Light Source at Harwell.

When I talk to researchers at universities in the North, they would love to able to use it more, but it is fully booked and getting access is difficult. There is also the travel problem.

I believe that the solution is to build Diamond 2 in the North. And what better place to build it than Blackpool. The city has good rail and tram links and plenty of accommodation.

Now, that’s what I call levelling-up.

November 4, 2022 Posted by | Transport/Travel, World | , , , , , | 4 Comments

Morecambe Offshore Windfarm

I found this article on beyondradio, which is entitled Plans Unveiled To Build New Offshore Windfarms Off Morecambe Bay.

These care the first two paragraphs.

Plans are being developed to build new offshore windfarms off the Morecambe Bay coast.

Proposals have been unveiled for ‘Morecambe’ and ‘Morgan’, two new offshore wind farms being developed in the Irish Sea.

I’ve discussed Morgan and its sister; Mona before in Mona, Morgan And Morven, which describes the three projects BP are developing in a joint venture with enBW.

I haven’t come across the Morecambe Offshore Windfarm before and it has its own web site.

It has this summary of the wind farm.

Renewable energy is central to supporting the UK’s ambitions to lead the world in combatting climate change, reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and embracing a future where renewable energy powers our homes and businesses.

Morecambe Offshore Windfarm which has a nominal capacity of 480MW. That’s enough to power over half a million households. It will also contribute to the UK Government’s commitment to:

  • Generate 50GW of power from offshore wind by 2030
  • Reach net zero by 2050.

It is located approximately 30km from the Lancashire coast.

This EnBW-BP infographic describes the Morgan and Mona projects.

it appears that the proposed Morecambe Offshore Windfarm will fit in the notch on the Eastern side of EnBW-BP’s two wind farms; Mona and Morgan.

  • All three wind farms are fixed foundation wind farms.
  • They have a total output of just under 3.5 GW.
  • Could they share infrastructure like cables and substations?
  • Heysham 1 is a 485 MW nuclear station, that will be decommissioned in 2024.
  • Heysham 2 is a 1815 MW nuclear station, that will be decommissioned in 2028.
  • What’s left of the two Heysham nuclear stations can probably generate 2.3 GW

Could it be that over 2.3 GW of wind power is being planned in the Irish Sea to make up for the loss of the four reactors at Heysham?

Could also the 480 MW Morecambe Bay wind farm be replacing what’s left of Heysham 1?

There would probably need to be a battery at Heysham, but it looks like the wind farms could be replacing the Heysham nuclear power station!

There will be consultation with the locals about the Morecambe ans Morgan wind farms, which will take place on Saturday, November 19, 2.30pm – 6.30pm, at Morecambe War Memorial Hall on Church Street.

I think, I might go!

November 4, 2022 Posted by | Energy | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Shannon Estuary Could Support Build-Out of 30 GW Of Floating Wind, House 2 GW of Electrolysis Capacity

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article from

This is the opening paragraph.

The Shannon Estuary in Ireland can support the build-out of up to 1.8 GW of floating wind per year and up to 30 GW by 2050. In addition, it could accommodate a 2 GW electrolyser for hydrogen and downstream e-fuels production, according to the US-headquartered company Bechtel, which reviewed the Shannon Foynes Port Company’s Vision 2041 masterplan.

The island of Ireland will truly be going green.

The Turbine Production Figures

The headline talks about rolling out 1800 MW of floating wind turbines per year and in the body of the article it says this.

At peak, up to 120 floating turbines could be installed offshore per year.

This would imply 15 MW turbines, which is entirely feasible.

As all these figures were produced and/or fully checked by Bechtel, I would suspect that they are very sound.

So does this imply that 120 floating wind turbines is a typical production limit of this type of turbine assembled in a custom-built facility in a port?


November 4, 2022 Posted by | Energy, Hydrogen | , , , | 1 Comment

Ossian Floating Wind Farm Could Have Capacity Of 3.6 GW

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on,

This is the first paragraph.

SSE Renewables, Marubeni Corporation, and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) have identified an increase in the potential overall project capacity for their Ossian floating wind project in Scotland from 2.6 GW to up to 3.6 GW.

It appears that surveys have shown that the wind farm can be bigger.

About The Name Ossian

This press release from SSE is entitled New Offshore Wind Farm To Take Name From Scottish Literature.

These three paragraphs explain the name and the partners behind the project.

A new wind farm project in Scotland is to take its name from an historic series of books which depict the epic quests of a third-century Scottish leader, following his adventures across rolling seas.

Ossian (pronounced ‘os-si-un’) from The Poems of Ossian is to be the name for the proposed new offshore wind farm across 858 km2 of seabed in waters off the east coast of Scotland.

The project will be delivered by the partnership of leading Scottish renewable energy developer, SSE Renewables, Japanese conglomerate Marubeni Corporation (Marubeni) and Danish fund management company Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP).

I don’t think the three partners will have any difficulty raising the extra finance to expand the wind farm.

Where Is The Ossian Wind Farm?

This Crown Estate Scotland map shows the position of each of the Scotwind wind farms.

Note, that the numbers are Scotwind’s lease number in their documents.

The Ossian wind farm is numbered two.

At present, the South Eastern group of wind farms are as follows.

  • 1 – BP – Fixed – 2.9 GW
  • 2 – SSE – Floating – 2.6 GW
  • 3 – Falck – Floating – 1.2 GW
  • 4 – Shell – Floating – 2.0 GW
  • 5 – Vattenfall – Floating – 0.8 GW
  • 6 – DEME – Fixed – 1.0 GW

This totals to 10.5 GW, which would be 11.5 GW, if the capacity of Ossian is increased.

Will Ossian And Nearby Wind Farms Be Developed As A Co-Operation?

The six companies involved in this group of wind farms, are all experienced developers of wind farms or oil and gas fields.

They also come from all around the world, so I can see the best technology being employed on this group of wind farms.

Will Other Wind Farms In The Group Be Expanded?

The surveys at Ossian appear to have shown that the area is ideal for floating wind and this is enabling the expansion of the farm.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see some of the other wind farms be expanded.

I also feel that floating wind farms like Ossian, where it is likely that all the turbines on their floats are connected to a central substation, that could also be floating, may be a lot easier to expand.

Does Ossian Wind Farm Have A Web Site?

Not that Google can find, although appears to be under construction.

November 4, 2022 Posted by | Energy | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

An Affordable Trip To Doncaster

If you want to get a train, the way to not get a cheap ticket was to turn up at the last minute and buy a single ticket to your destination.

But not any more.

On Wednesday, I needed to go to Doncaster.

  • I knew that the latest train, that I could catch to get me to my meeting on time, was the 13:03, so I arrived at Kings Cross about 12:30.
  • I tried to buy on the ticket machine, but I unable to complete the transaction.
  • In the end, I got an Advance Single ticket with my Senior Railcard for £22.60 from the Booking Office.
  • I had two backward-facing seats to myself, as the train, which was going to Leeds wasn’t very full.
  • Coming South later in the day, I repeated the exercise in the Booking Office at Doncaster for £23.85.
  • The train was full, but I did have a seat with a table.

I consider just under fifty pounds to be good value for the return journey.

I’m fairly sure, that this is a method being used by LNER to fill seats. as after all, forty tickets at an average of £25 a time is a grand.

I think we should applaud, what they are doing.

It should be remembered that LNER are facing increasing competition on the route, including against planes to Newcastle and Edinburgh.

I went to King’s Cross this morning and had a play with the ticket machine. I could have bought tickets as follows.

  • Edinburgh – £52.10
    Hull – £27.05
    Leeds – £32.90
    Newcastle – £51.50
    All trains included a seat reservation and left within half an hour.

Note that the Hull ticket was a direct one on Hull Trains, that I could have bought on an LNER machine.


November 4, 2022 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , | 3 Comments