KOWL, the world’s largest floating windfarm is now fully commissioned and delivering green electricity to Scotland’s grid. The project proves that floating wind can play a vital role in tackling climate change not only in Scotland, but also around the world.
In addition to being the largest floating wind farm in the world, the development also features another first, using the highest capacity wind turbines ever installed on floating platforms.
The 50 MW Kincardine Offshore Windfarm is located 15 km off the coast of Aberdeenshire, in water depths ranging from 60 to 80 metres. The project consists of five Vestas V164-9.5 MW and one V80-2 MW turbine, each installed on WindFloat semi-submersible platforms designed by Principle Power.
The Kincardine project was started back in 2014 by Allan MacAskill and Lord Nicol Stephen, now both directors of Flotation Energy plc. In 2016 Cobra Group became the main investor in Kincardine Offshore Windfarm Ltd. (KOWL).
The world’s largest floating windfarm is now fully commissioned and delivering green electricity to Scotland’s grid.
Cobra Wind, a subsidiary of Cobra Group, has been responsible for the delivery of the project, including engineering, construction, installation, and commissioning.
“Kincardine Offshore Windfarm has shown that the largest and most advanced wind turbines available can be installed on floating platforms in the challenging North Sea environment. The project proves that floating wind can play a vital role in tackling climate change not only in Scotland and the UK, but also around the world,” said Jaime Altolaguirre, project director at KOWL — Cobra Group.
Kincardine will generate over 200 GWh of green electricity a year, enough renewable electricity to power more than 50.000 Scottish households.
“With 80% of the world’s offshore wind resources in deep water areas, floating technologies like the WindFloat® open several new geographies to harness the boundless supply of clean energy contained therein,” said Aaron Smith, chief commercial officer of Principle Power.
Featured images from Cobra Group and Principle Power.