The world’s most powerful 8.8MW turbine has been installed in Aberdeen Bay
Vattenfall has deployed the world’s most powerful wind turbine at the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) – the biggest offshore wind test and demonstration facility in Scotland.
MHI Vestas, the turbine manufacturer, has enhanced two of it’s 8.4MW models with internal power modes, driving their capacity to 8.8MW – the largest offshore turbine to be commercially deployed.
“The turbines for the EOWDC, Scotland's largest offshore wind test and demonstration facility, help secure Vattenfall's vision to be fossil fuel free within one generation,” said Gunnar Groebler, Vattenfall's Head of Business Area Wind.
“The EOWDC, through its innovative approach to cost reduction and pioneering technologies, leads the industry drive towards generating clean and competitive wind energy power - one that will reinforce Scotland's global energy status.”
With the turbine upgrades and plans to install a fleet of nine 8.4MW turbines, the EOWDC will reach a total capacity of 93.2MW.
This is enough to meet over 70% of Aberdeen’s domestic electricity demand, as well as save 134,128 tonnes of CO2.
“The installation of the first of these powerful turbines at Aberdeen Bay is another milestone in Scotland's renewables story,” said Gina Hanrahan, acting head of policy at WWF Scotland.
“Offshore wind, which has halved in cost in recent years, is critical in the fight against climate change, helping to reduce emissions, keep the lights on and create thousands of jobs across the Scotland and the UK.”
“Developments like this have an important role to play in securing the Scottish Government's target to meet half of all Scotland's energy demand from renewables by 2030.”
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.