European energy company Vattenfall has officially opened the €350m European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) in Aberdeen, Scotland.
EOWDC is a 93.2MW wind farm, which will be able to generate clean energy sufficient enough to meet the power demand of nearly 80,000 British households every year.
Vattenfall CEO Magnus Hall said: “Vattenfall is in Britain to grow. The success of our wind power investments over the past decade and the ambition of Scottish and UK governments to transform the energy and transport sectors gives us confidence in our UK future.
“As we forge new partnerships in heat, e-mobility, retail, power distribution and wind over the next ten years we will be at the forefront of the UK’s decarbonisation of energy.”
Featuring two 8.8MW and nine 8.4MW wind turbines, EOWDC will be able to generate 312GWh of clean power annually.
The EOWDC is equipped with a new wind power technology, called suction buckets, which is a method suitable for seabeds with shallow rock strata.
Vattenfall senior vice-president and wind business area head Gunnar Groebler said: “We have built this pioneering project in partnership and we especially appreciate the Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG), the Scottish Government and Crown Estate Scotland, for their commitment to deploying what is arguably the world’s most innovative wind farm.
“The sheer power and majesty on display at the EOWDC is thanks to the skill, expertise, experience and commitment to the safety of Vattenfall’s engineers, specialists and suppliers.”
With an objective to accelerate the wind power industry, a future wind power technology will also be tested at the EOWDC in Aberdeen Bay.