The Anonymous Widower

Metocean Measurement Campaign To Start At 1 GW Scottish Floating Wind Farm Site

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

This is the introductory paragraph.

Partrac will soon deploy a floating LiDAR Buoy at the site of the Buchan floating wind project offshore Scotland, which is being developed by Floating Energy Allyance (FEA), a consortium comprising BW Ideol, Elicio, and BayWa r.e.

It appears, that the Buchan floating wind farm is the first of the floating Scotwind Leasing round of projects to get going in a meaningful way.

The article details some of the design details of the wind farm.

  • The site is located some 75 kilometres to the northeast of Fraserburgh on the Aberdeenshire coast,
  • The Floating Energy Allyance consortium plans to build a floating offshore wind farm with a capacity of approximately 1 GW, whose wind turbines will be installed on BW Ideol’s Damping Pool floating foundations.
  • This page on the BW Ideol web site describes their Damping Pool technology.
  • The patented square barge-like floats can be used for offshore wind turbines, substations and hydrogen electrolysers.

BW Ideol appear to be a French company with projects in France, Japan, Taiwan and now Scotland.

The home page of the BW Ideol web site opens with a promotional and explanatory video of their technology.

 

October 31, 2022 Posted by | Energy | , , , , | Leave a comment

BayWa r.e. Unveils Subsidy-Free Floating Wind Project Offshore Portugal

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

This is the first paragraph.

BayWa r.e. has officially applied to secure the rights for an exclusive use of the seabed for a commercial-scale floating offshore wind project in Portugal, which the company said will be the first subsidy-free floating wind farm in the world.

Note.

  1. BayWa are a German company headquartered in Munich.
  2. The windfarm will have a 600 MW capacity in total, in a dedicated zone off the coastline of Viana do Castelo.
  3. It will be a floating wind farm.
  4. Viana do Castelo is situated at the mouth of the Lima River and is about 74 km. to the North of Porto.

But surely the most significant fact about this project is that it is subsidy-free.

BayWa And Subsidy-Free Wind Farms

This page on the BayWa web site is entitled BayWa r.e. Sells UK’s First Subsidy-Free Wind Farm.

This is the first paragraph.

BayWa r.e. has reached a milestone for itself and the UK renewable energy sector with the completion and sale of the country’s first subsidy-free windfarm to James Jones & Sons Ltd and London-based specialist asset manager, Gresham House Asset Management.

Note.

  1. This is the first time, I’ve seen Gresham House associated with wind farms.
  2. BayWa appear to have a fifteen year agreement with Tesco for the generated electricity.

The whole page is a must read.

 

Conclusion

Does this mean, that we will be seeing subsidy-free floating wind farms around the UK?

Get the engineering, manufacturing and financial support right for floating wind farms in the UK and wind farms could be bumper-to-bumper around these islands.

October 17, 2022 Posted by | Energy, Finance | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments