Methil Offshore Wind Farm

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Methil Offshore Wind Farm
Fife coast at Buckhaven - geograph.org.uk - 3928290.jpg
Samsung's wind turbine at Methil
Country Scotland, United Kingdom
Location Fife
Coordinates 56°09′46″N 03°00′32″W / 56.16278°N 3.00889°W / 56.16278; -3.00889Coordinates: 56°09′46″N 03°00′32″W / 56.16278°N 3.00889°W / 56.16278; -3.00889
Status Under construction
Operator(s) Samsung, 2-B Energy
Wind farm
Type Offshore
Power generation
Units operational 1 × 7 MW
Nameplate capacity 7 MW

Methil Offshore Wind Farm is a demonstrator site for experimental offshore wind turbines at Fife Energy Park off the coast of Methil, Fife in Scotland.

Planning[edit]

The initial plan (in 2011) was for test turbines to be operated by Dutch firm 2-B Energy.[1] Permission was given to construct one or two turbines in a test of high-capacity offshore wind turbines.[1][2][3] The first turbine would have been 179 metres (587 ft) high with only two blades.[4]

In January 2012 it was announced that Samsung would be the first company to build a demonstrator turbine on the site.[5][6] In April 2012 the Scottish government announced that it had also signed a deal with 2-B Energy to develop two-bladed offshore wind turbines nearby.[7]In July 2015, the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult announced that it was in discussions with Samsung to acquire its 7MW demonstration turbine for research purposes.[8]

Samsung[edit]

Construction of Samsung's 7 megawatt wind turbine was completed in October 2013.[9] The turbine is located just 50 metres from the coast, and at the time of construction was the world's largest and most powerful offshore wind turbine.[9] The tower stands to a maximum height of 110 metres, and 195 metres to blade tip.[10] The rotor has three blades and spans 171 metres.[10] Samsung has invested £70 million in the demonstrator project, which could run for up to five years.[9]

2-B Energy[edit]

2-B Energy secured a £26.5 million investment package for their project in March 2014.[11] 2-B Energy will establish two full-scale test units at the site.[11] The company is developing a 140-metre wide two-bladed turbine with full helicopter landing access.[11] The two 6MW turbines will be located approximately 1.5 km offshore.[12] They will stand at a maximum height of 109 metres above lowest tide, and 186 metres to blade tip.[12] 2-B Energy hopes to have planning consent by 2015, with the turbines being installed in 2016.[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b UK Operational Wind Farms – Renewable UK Archived 2011-03-19 at the Wayback Machine. Accessed 27 September 2011
  2. ^ Methil Offshore Wind Farm – 4COffshore Accessed 27 September 2011
  3. ^ Offshore Wind Scotland – Innovation Archived 2012-03-03 at the Wayback Machine. Accessed 12 February 2012
  4. ^ The Courier – 582ft offshore wind turbine at Methil backed Archived 2011-04-23 at the Wayback Machine. Accessed 12 February 2012
  5. ^ Samsung’s test turbine to replace 2-B Energy plans, FifeToday, 8 February 2012
  6. ^ Samsung wind turbine project to create 500 jobs in Fife, BBC News, 31 January 2012
  7. ^ Fife Energy Park to host new offshore turbine concept, BBC News, 5 April 2012
  8. ^ "Fife Council maintains renewables optimism despite Samsung blow". www.thecourier.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-12-07. 
  9. ^ a b c World’s biggest turbine now standing tall at Methil, The Courier, 22 October 2013
  10. ^ a b IN DEPTH: Samsung's offshore giant, RechargeNews, 5 November 2013
  11. ^ a b c £26m deal for new turbines in Methil, FifeToday, 26 March 2014
  12. ^ a b c Consultation event for new Methil turbines, FifeToday, 25 June 2014