690 MW Concept/Early Planning United Kingdom

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Bicker Fen site chosen for grid connection
Skegness Standard
A National Grid study backed the decision to choose Bicker Fen for a substation to connect an offshore wind farm. The report considered the merits of 17 different sites and highlights Bicker Fen as the best location. The village was chosen for the development ...
14/09/2014 11:04:08

Wind turbines take a turn for the uglier
Chris Heaton Harris, a Conservative MP who has led a backbench rebellion against the spread of wind turbines across the UK and has railed against the subsidies they receive, said: “It seems amazing that an industry, built on subsidy and high energy prices, ...
14/09/2014 08:54:53

Winds of change: Coal advocate Rep. Haddad now ally for offshore wind
The short message signaled the defeat of a renewable energy bill in the House of Representatives that had threatened to dash New Bedford's offshore wind hopes by giving utilities an incentive to sign 30-year long contracts with Canadian hydropower, ...
14/09/2014 05:05:58

Our View: A rose by any other name … What to call the New Bedford Marine ...
Cape Wind has agreed that New Bedford, not Quonset Point, Rhode Island, is the port that makes sense to deploy the first full-scale offshore wind farm in North America. The jobs will quickly follow, as Cape Wind is ready to start about as soon as the ribbon is ...
14/09/2014 05:05:58

Assessing environmental impacts of offshore wind farms: lessons learned and ...
7thSpace Interactive (press release)
Offshore wind power provides a valuable source of renewable energy that can help reduce carbon emissions. Technological advances are allowing higher capacity turbines to be installed and in deeper water, but there is still much that is unknown about the ...
14/09/2014 00:27:46

Wind Turbines but no Power
Canada Free Press
The first large scale wind-power installation, some 100 km (65 miles) offshore the northwest coast of Germany has finally been connected to the grid. The Offshore-Windpark Deutsche Bucht is a wind farm with a total of 80 wind turbine towers, each with a hub ...
13/09/2014 21:24:25

German Green Energy Policies Making Electricity a Luxury Good
American Thinker (blog)
Germany's flagship Bard 1 offshore wind farm has been described as “a faulty total system” as technical problems continue to plague the project, casting major doubts on the feasibility of large scale offshore projects. The wind farm was officially turned on in ...
13/09/2014 14:47:50

Merger in the works for St. John's-based energy companies
The Telegram
Beothuk's proposed 180 MW offshore wind farm will be located in an area of the Gulf of St. Lawrence that Mercer said has some of the best winds on the planet. The company estimates that the clean green energy produced will cost less than 10 cents per ...
13/09/2014 11:50:09

Cape commits to New Bedford
US developer Cape Wind has commited to establishing onshore staging activities for its 130-turbine offshore wind farm at the port of New Bedford in Massachusetts. The company said on Friday that it was preparing to file a modification to its existing ...
13/09/2014 10:49:34

Proposed Cape Cod wind farm advances
Press Herald
When built, the project could be the nation's first offshore wind farm. A much smaller five-turbine Rhode Island wind farm planned for off the coast of Block Island has also been given final approval by the federal government. Deepwater Wind plans to begin ...
13/09/2014 08:01:35

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Project Details for Islay
General Information Name Islay correct
Other names correct
Country name United Kingdom correct
Region Scotland, Argyll & Clyde correct
Comments correct
Round (or category) Scottish Territorial Waters 1 correct
Development status Concept/Early Planning correct
Comments on the status correct
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Project Capacity 690 MW correct
Turbine Model Not Decided correct
Turbine Capacity 5 MW correct
Number of Turbines 138 correct
Total Turbine Height correct
Hub Height correct
Rotor Diameter correct
Foundation Not Decided correct
Windspeed 10 Year Mean Wind Speed (2000-2009) Available online now
Detailed wind speed data 6 hr/day/month historic data
Costs Stated Project Cost correct
Location & Environment Sea name Minches & Western Scotland (Malin) correct
Centre latitude 55.780° correct
Centre longitude -6.767° correct
Area 132 km2 correct
Depth range (Chart Datum) 23 m - 60 m correct
Depth range stated by developer 30 m - 50 m correct
Distance From Shore (reported) 13 km correct
Distance From Shore (computed from centre) 17.9 km correct
Ports Installation base correct
Ops and maintenance correct
Grid Converter platforms correct
Offshore transformers 2 correct
Grid connection point correct
Cable landing point correct
Export Cables
Please note that export cables connect the offshore transformer (substation) to either; shore or an offshore HVAC-HVDC converter station for onward transmission via HVDC cabling. Please see the converters page for planned converter stations and transmission cables.

The export cable length does not generally include the onshore component. The exception is when the onshore substation is close to shore.
Number of Export Cables 4 correct
Average length per cable 120.25 km correct
Transmission type (e.g. HVAC) HVAC correct
Nominal voltage correct
Maximum voltage correct
Power rating correct
Number of cores correct
Conductor type correct
Section Area correct
Insulation correct
Number fibre optics correct
Export minimum bend radius (MBR) correct
Burial depth correct
Comments Cable length and number of cables has been estimated where it is not yet decided by the developer. correct
Onshore Cables Number of onshore cables 2 correct
Average length per cable 16.4 km correct
Comments correct
Array Cables Array cable length correct
Estimated cable length LogIn
Transmission type (e.g. MVAC) MVAC correct
Nominal voltage correct
Maximum voltage correct
Burial depth correct
Number of cores correct
Conductor type correct
Section correct
Insulation correct
Power rating correct
Number of fibre optics correct
Minimum bend radius (MBR) correct
Comments correct
Benefits Homes powered annually 450115 correct
CO2 reduced per year 909682 tonnes correct
SO2 reduced per year 21155 tonnes correct
Expected life correct
Other Website Visit correct