Last month, Statoil opened the world’s first commercial-scale floating wind farm off the Scottish coast, near Peterhead in Aberdeenshire. The 30MW project, known as Hywind, is now to be connected to Batwind, a lithium battery storage solution with a capacity of 1 megawatthour (MWh). Batwind will store excess electricity generated by the floating wind farm and reduce balancing costs.
Floating wind is making headway, with the UK keen to become a global leader in the technology. Now that the first pilot project has been installed, the sector is looking into ways of making the projects less costly. Solutions like Batwind will help making floating wind projects more efficient.
Irene Rummelhoff, executive vice president of the New Energy Solutions business area in Statoil said:
“The pilot in Scotland will provide a technological and commercial foundation for the implementation of Batwind in full-scale offshore wind farms, opening new commercial opportunities in a growing market.”
Statoil plans to have Batwind fully installed and operational towards the end of 2018.
Renewables trade organisation RenewableUK chief executive Hugh McNeal said:
“If we secure a commitment from government ministers to support the next phase of floating wind here in the UK, not only will we help UK companies gain knowledge and expertise, so they can compete abroad, but we will also be making a contribution to accelerating cost reduction, and securing investment in ports and yards around our coastline.”