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Offshore wind: Hywind floats

The world’s first floating offshore wind farm was opened this month by Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon and has started to deliver electricity to the grid. The scheme has a price tag of nearly £200 million.

Known as Hywind Scotland, the five-turbine 30MW wind farm, operated by Statoil in partnership with Masdar, is 25 kilometres out to sea from Peterhead on the Aberdeenshire coast.

Norway-based Statoil and its partner Masdar are also installing Batwind, a 1MWh lithium battery storage facility, which will help mitigate intermittency problems and optimise output.

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