in News Departments > New & Noteworthy
print the content item

Norway-based StatoilHydro will build the first full-scale floating wind turbine, Hywind, and test it off the coast of Norway near Karmoy for two years.
HyWind, a 2.3 MW floating wind turbine is attached to the top of a Spar-buoy, a solution used in production platforms and offshore loading buoys.

"If we succeed, then we will have taken a major step in moving the wind power industry offshore," says Alexandra Bech Gjorv, head of new energy at StatoilHydro. "We have drawn on our offshore expertise from the oil and gas industry to develop wind power offshore."

The rotor blades on the floating wind turbine will have a diameter of 80 meters (m), and the nacelle will stand approximately 65 m above the sea surface. The floatation element will have a draft of about 100 m below the sea surface, and will be moored to the seabed using three anchor points. The wind turbine can be located in waters with depths ranging from 120 m to 700 m.

The wind turbine itself is to be built by Siemens. Technip will build the floatation element and have responsibility for the installation offshore. Nexans will lay cables to shore, and Haugaland Kraft will be responsible for the landfall. Enova is supporting the project with 59 million Norwegian krone (NOK). StatoilHydro is allocating more than 400 million NOK to build and develop the pilot as well as research and develop the wind turbine concept.

SOURCE: StatoilHydro


IowaDeptEconDevel_id1863

Trachte Inc._id1770
Latest Top Stories

Smart Community Engagement: Twelve Tips Every Wind Developer Should Know

Community engagement helps ensure a project runs smoothly, but it can also save developers money and even lead to a more successful wind industry overall.


Bird Groups Target LEEDCo's Icebreaker Offshore Wind Pilot

Two bird conservation groups that helped halt a wind project earlier this year argue that Lake Erie Energy Development Corp.'s (LEEDCo) 18 MW offshore demo poses a major risk to regional wildlife.


Report Disputes U.S. Agency's Renewable Energy Projections

A new analysis from the Sun Day Campaign says renewables are slated to provide 16% of U.S. generating capacity by 2018 - over 20 years earlier than forecast by the Energy Information Administration.


Kansas Renewables Mandate Survives Yet Another Attack, But Is It Too Early To Celebrate?

Over the past three years, some legislators have tried to either weaken or repeal the state's renewable portfolio standard, which requires Kansas utilities to reach 20% renewables by 2020.


AWEA Highlights U.S. Wind Success Stories Of 2013

Despite a 92% drop in new capacity last year, the sector still has myriad reasons to celebrate, according to a new report from the American Wind Energy Association.

Acciona_id1907
UEA_id1896
WomenofWind_id
JLG_id1900
AWEA_id1886
bonfiglioli_id1913