EOWDC celebrates first power

GalloperAs of the 1st of July, the turbines have begun supplying power to the grid at Vattenfall's European Offshore Wind Deployment Center (EOWDC). Located off the coast of Aberdeen, the project will be capable of supplying 80,000 homes with electricity per year.

Gunnar Groebler, Head of Business Area Wind at Vattenfall, says: “The fact that EOWDC now can start delivering electricity after a very short construction time is satisfactory.

A sincere “thank you” to all people involved, both from Vattenfall and from our partners for making it happen. Now Vattenfall is given the opportunity to continue to push forward the development of tomorrow's wind power technology, thus helping our customers to live fossil-free within a generation.”

The eleven wind turbines, two 8.8MW and nine 8.4MW, have the largest turbine capacity in commercial operation in the world. One single rotor lap from the record 8.8MW turbine provides a British household with electricity for a full day.

The technology for building the foundations of the turbine towers is also new. Instead of using traditional monopiles, a new technique has been used at Aberdeen Bay; known as suction buckets.

For studies of marine wildlife around wind farms, EOWDC has received EUR 0.5 million in support from the EU. Dolphins, salmon, sea trout and sea birds are some of the species to be studied at the wind farm.

As one of Scotland’s largest offshore test and demonstration facility, the 92.4MW EOWDC will trial next generation technology and, once constructed, will aim to generate the equivalent of 70% of Aberdeen's domestic electricity demand and annually displace 132,977 tonnes of CO2 per year.

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