Hywind offshore wind energy system begins operation in Scotland

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Large-scale wind farm officially begins operation off the shore of Scotland One of the world’s first and largest offshore wind energy systems has officially begun operating off the coast of Scotland. Called Hywind, the new wind farm has been under development for 15 years. Norway’s Statoil is responsible for the development of this project. The wind farm is comprised of floating wind turbines, which allows them to be installed at greater depths. As such, these wind turbines can take advantage of stronger wind currents that can be found further away…

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Wind energy could have a promising future in the UK

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Falling cost of wind turbines could encourage UK government to show more support for clean power The cost of wind energy is dropping quickly, which is creating more pressure on the United Kingdom government to rethink its support of clean power. According to consultancy firm Arup, onshore wind energy systems can be developed in the UK for the same price as new gas systems. Onshore wind farms are also approximately half as expensive as some nuclear power plants. Arup suggests that the technology used in the wind energy sector has…

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Floating wind energy system is taking form in Scotland

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Hywind project aims to provide wind energy to Scotland The world’s first floating wind energy system is taking form in Scotland. Called Hywind, the wind farm is meant to harvest electrical power in waters that are too deep for conventional offshore turbines. This may allow the wind farm to take advantage of stronger wind currents, allowing it to generate more electricity and funnel this power back to the mainland. The project could herald a new era for the wind energy space, where turbine technology is advancing at an accelerated rate.…

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Scotland sets another wind energy record

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Wind energy continues to reach new heights in Scotland Scotland has set yet another record with its wind energy production. Within the United Kingdom, Scotland has established itself as a primary wind energy market The Scottish government has invested heavily in wind power in recent years, setting several production records. Over the past six months, wind energy has reached a new milestone in Scotland, further solidifying its role as a thriving wind market. More than 1 million MW-h of electricity produced in the first six months of 2017 During the…

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BT to purchase electricity from Scottish wind energy system

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BT will be forming a power purchase agreement with wind energy developer in Scotland BT, a telecommunications operator in the United Kingdom, has announced that it will be entering into a power purchase agreement with a Scottish wind energy company. Through this deal, BT will be spending $230 million over the next 15 years in order to purchase electricity generated by a wind farm in Scotland. According to BT, there are 13 wind turbines in the north of Scotland that generate approximately 100 gigawatt-hours of electricity every year. Company plans…

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Scotland grants approval for another offshore wind energy project

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New offshore wind energy project wins the approval of the Scottish government The Scottish government has granted approval for another offshore wind energy system. The Dounreay Tri Floating Wind Demonstration Project, as the name suggests, is meant to showcase the capabilities of offshore turbines. These turbines have the potential to produce significant amounts of electrical power due to their ability to capture the strong wind currents that can be found at sea. Plans for the new project follow approval granted for two other offshore wind farms, which began development last…

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Wind energy makes more progress in Scotland

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New information shows that wind energy generation in Scotland has reached new heights More progress has been made in Scotland’s continuing efforts to expand its use of wind energy. WWF Scotland and WeatherEnergy have released new information showing that wind generation in Scotland increased by a significant margin in February. The growth of wind capacity has outpaced what was recorded during the same period in 2016. The Scottish government has been showing significant support for wind energy in recent years, investing heavily in new projects that will allow Scotland to…

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Scotland reaches a new wind energy record

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Wind energy in Scotland continues to break old records Scotland’s wind energy systems have reached a major milestone recently. The country has been investing heavily in the development of new wind farms for some time in an effort to distance itself from fossil-fuels and become more energy independent. Recent political tensions have encouraged a further focus on clean energy, but the Scottish government is also interested in reducing the emissions the country is responsible for and to help the country become more environmentally friendly. Wind turbines generate 74,000 MWh of…

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Wind energy market reaches new milestone in Scotland

Scottish wind farms are generating more electricity Wind energy has established a major foothold in Scotland. The Scottish government has been investing quite heavily in the development of new wind farms for some time, hoping to become less reliant on fossil-fuels and foreign sources of power. Wind has garnered the government’s attention because of its efficient nature and falling costs. Last month, wind turbines in Scotland were able to generate enough electricity to supply the average energy needs for nearly all households. Data shows wind turbines have generated enough energy…

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UK approves plans for world’s largest offshore wind energy system

Government has approved development plans for large-scale wind farm The United Kingdom government has approved plans to develop what will become the world’s largest offshore wind energy system. Offshore wind power has been gaining more attention in recent years due to their potential to generate large amounts of electricity. In the UK, offshore wind farms have been gaining more support, especially as the county seeks to become more environmentally friendly. Because of the UK’s access to the open ocean, harnessing wind power has become a very attractive option in terms…

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UK ban on wind energy subsidies could hurt the Scottish wind sector

Scottish officials seek to remove ban on wind subsidies The United Kingdom is being urged to reconsider its ban on wind energy subsidies. This ban concerns onshore projects and severely limits the financial aid that energy developers can tap into when building new projects in the country. The ban on wind subsidies may be having a very detrimental impact on Scotland, in particular. The Scottish government suggests that the ban on wind energy subsidies will cost Scotland some $3.9 billion and make some environmental goals impossible to attain. The wind…

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Wind energy reaches new heights in Scotland

Wind energy systems produce enough electrical power in 2015 to power 2.34 million homes Wind energy has reached record levels of electrical production last year in Scotland. According to WWF Scotland, which tapped into data provided by WeatherEnergy, turbines throughout Scotland produced some 10,392,439 megawatt-hours of electrical power, which is enough to power 2.34 million homes, or 97% of Scotland’s residential energy needs. This represents a 16% increase over the wind energy production that Scotland saw in 2014. Last year, several wind projects reached completion, ensuring that production would reach…

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Hywind pilot park: the first floating wind farm in the world

The offshore wind farm consists of five wind turbines floating off the coast of Scotland. The Hywind Scotland pilot park, a 30 MW (megawatt) floating wind farm, is the result of a deal made between the Scottish government and Statoil, a Norwegian oil company, and is claimed to be the first of its kind in the world. The five large turbines that will be placed on floating structures located about 15 miles off the northeast coast of Scotland near Peterhead, will each generate 6 MW of power. The offshore wind…

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Scotland approves new wind energy system

New wind farm to be developed by PNE Wind UK Scotland has granted approval for a new wind energy system to be developed in Kennoxhead, in Glespin. The country has been growing as a prominent supporter of wind energy, especially that of the offshore variety. The wind farm will be developed by PNE Wind UK and will produce approximately 64.6 megawatts of electrical power once it is fully operational. The new wind farm may be quite beneficial for the Glespin community. Scotland continues to show strong support for energy projects…

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Wind energy output in Scotland skyrockets

WeatherEnergy has revealed wind electricity output in Scotland more than doubled in June. The most recent figures from last month have revealed that wind power in Scotland generated two times the outputs compared to last year, according to renewable data firm WeatherEnergy, which said that wind energy produced the equivalent of 33 percent of the country’s full electricity requirements for the month, reported Energy Voice. The data also revealed that there was sufficient wind output to meet the needs of at least 100 percent of Scottish homes on six days…

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Gamesa to deliver turbines to new wind energy project in Scotland

Scottish wind farm will make use of Gamesa wind turbines Gamesa, a leading manufacturer of wind turbines, has been awarded a contract to participate in a new wind energy project in southern Scotland. The project, called the Kilgallioch Wind Farm, is being developed by ScottishPower Renewables and will produce approximately 239 megawatts of electrical power when it is completed. Scotland has been showing strong support for wind energy in recent years, with the government looking for an effective alternative to fossil-fuels. Gamesa to deliver a total of 96 wind turbines…

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