While GWO working at heights courses focus on safety when working on wind turbines either at land or sea, there’s a new breed of renewables technology that while providing exciting new possibilities for the wind sector, undoubtedly presents its own challenges for engineers too.
This week has seen the world’s first floating wind farm constructed off the coast of Norway after five individual turbines were combined, according to City AM.
Now that the turbines have been joined in the fjord lands on the west coast of Norway, they’ll be transported to their new home off the coast of Scotland. The floating wind farm will find its home on the £200 million Hywind site.
The floating turbine technology owned by the Norwegian state-owned company Statoil differs from traditional offshore turbines in that they do not need to be fixed to the sea floor. This gives the floating wind farm advantages over its immoveable counterpart, least of all in cost.
Traditional wind turbines flounder when it comes to depths over 40-50m, but not only that, the ability to be placed in deeper water means access to some of the world’s strongest winds, therefore much greater yield for each turbine.
It also removes the objection of the aesthetic interruption of the landscape from people as the site is much further away from the coast than traditional wind farms.
The Hywind site was greenlighted in 2016, hailed as the world’s largest floating wind farm when Statoil was given the seabed license.