The European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) would provide a platform for first run of production offshore wind turbines to demonstrate their potential to the growing offshore wind industry. The offshore wind industry has a clear objective of reducing the cost of generation from offshore wind. By introducing new wind turbine models into this market, the EOWDC should provide a boost to cost reduction.
The 11 turbine scheme located off the Aberdeen coast will have an installed capacity of up to 100MW. Over twelve months this capacity would be capable of yielding, on average, enough clean, green electricity to power the equivalent of over 68,000 UK households.
The consent application for offshore works was submitted in August 2011 with an Addendum submitted in July 2012. Scottish Ministers granted offshore consent for the project on Tuesday 26th March 2013. In 2014, The Department of Planning and Environmental Appeals upheld an appeal by AOWFL of Aberdeenshire Council's refusal for permission of onshore works and awarded AOWFL planning permission.
In August 2010 AOWFL was awarded exclusive rights by The Crown Estate to develop the project in a zone off the City of Aberdeen. This innovative project has a grant award of up to forty million Euros from the European Union under the €4bn European Energy Programme for Recovery (new window).
The Deployment Centre will allow offshore wind farm developers and associated supply chain companies to test new designs, prove existing products and receive independent validation and accreditation before commercial deployment.
This will contribute to reducing development risks and lowering capital costs, and provide an opportunity to test reliability and capacity in a real time, offshore environment. The project will provide electricity to the national grid and will disseminate lessons learned to the EU industry at large.
At the heart of the project is an interaction between research, testing and training facilities alongside a commercially operated, highly instrumented offshore wind farm.
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