Plans for a pioneering floating demonstration wind farm to be deployed off the east coast of Scotland have been given the green light.
The two turbine Dounreay Trì Floating Wind Demonstration Project harnesses innovative technology designed to operate in deep water rather than just in the shallower waters.
Marcus Thor, Project Director for Dounreay Trì Limited said earlier this year: “We are delighted to award the construction contract for such an innovative project being installed in Scotland to a Scottish company. It certainly has great potential to deliver both renewable energy and jobs for Scotland.”
The tech could generate up to 12 MW – enough to power around 8,000 homes.
On granting planning consent, Scottish Government Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy Paul Wheelhouse, said: “Once operational, this demonstrator project will help to develop this pioneering technology and cement Scotland’s reputation at the forefront of innovation in the renewables sector. With the consent for this project, the Scottish Government has now approved a total of 92MW of floating offshore wind, enough to power almost 60,000 homes. This not only highlights our commitment to exploring this innovative technology, but offers real scope for the development of wind energy projects in deeper water, in Scotland and across the world.
“In addition, the 12 MW project will produce enough electricity to power almost 8,000 homes and will create jobs and investment across Scotland through the use of Scotland’s supply chain.
“The Scottish Government’s commitment to supporting low carbon energy is outlined in our draft Energy Strategy which sets out next steps and how we will continue to transition to a low carbon economy, with the offshore wind sector – developed with due regard to our natural environment – playing an increasingly influential role.”
The wind farm will be deployed in Scottish Territorial Waters approximately 9km off Dounreay, Caithness in the summer of 2018.