World’s first floating wind turbine

The Hywind turbine

The Hywind turbine

The world’s first full-scale, floating wind turbine has been unveiled off the South West coast of Norway, near Karmøy.

Developed by energy giant StatoilHydro, the pilot turbine will be tested for two years before work starts on making the turbine commercially viable.

The floating element of the turbine sits 100m below the surface, anchored onto the sea bed by three cables.

A floating turbine can be placed further away from the coastline than its static counterparts; it can capture unrestricted wind energy in the open sea, and is also ‘out of sight’.

  • Output: 2.3MW
  • Weight: 138 tonnes
  • Height: 65m
  • Rotor diameter: 82.4m
  • Investment: £40m

ESI information on smaller scale wind turbines:


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