New Scotland wind farm features world’s largest turbines

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One single rotor lap from the turbines at Europe’s newest offshore wind farm can provide enough electricity for a British household for a full day, acceding to Vattenfall, the project owner.

The approximately C$530-million Aberdeen Bay wind farm, which can produce electricity to power approximately 80,000 British households per year, started operating on July 1.

It is also a testing facility with the aim to accelerate the development of the wind power industry into competitive renewable electricity generation.

The project features eleven wind turbines, two 8.8 MW and nine 8.4 MW, which are the largest-capacity turbines in commercial operation in the world, Vattenfall says.

In addition to the size of the turbines, the technology for building the foundations of the turbine towers is new, the company says.

“Instead of using traditional monopiles (hollow steel tubes), a new technique has been used at Aberdeen Bay; so-called suction buckets. The method is basically silent and therefore the disturbance of wildlife at sea are minimized.”

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