Greentech Media – Wind energy may have achieved one of its most significant landmarks ever with WindEurope’s announcement that floating offshore turbine technology has “come of age.”
WindEurope, which represents the interests of the most advanced offshore wind markets in the world, last month claimed a “breakthrough pipeline of projects” proved floating turbine designs had achieved technological maturity.
“Floating offshore wind is no longer consigned to the laboratory: It’s a viable technology ready to be rolled out on an industrial scale,” said the industry body in a recent press release.
WindEurope expects 298 megawatts of floating offshore wind projects to be commissioned between 2017 and 2021, starting with this year’s 30-megawatt Hywind Scotland wind farm, which is being built by Statoil and Masdar.
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