World’s first floating wind farm performing better than anticipated

February 21, 2018 by  
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The 30 megawatt Hywind Scotland floating wind farm started operating last fall , and Statoil recently said the farm, a world first, “performed better than expected in its first three full months in production.” The floating farm, a Statoil and Masdar project, has already survived a winter storm, a hurricane , and wave heights of around 27 feet to power around 20,000 households in the United Kingdom . 45 to 60 percent is the “the typical capacity factor for a bottom fixed offshore wind farm” during the winter, according to Statoil. But Hywind Scotland beat that figure with an average of around 65 percent in November, December, and January, the Norwegian power company said. This means the floating wind farm “was producing 65 percent of max theoretical capacity.” Related: The world’s first floating wind farm just switched online That’s a win for the floating power plant , which has already encountered brutal winter weather. Hurricane Ophelia in October saw wind speeds of 80 miles per hour, and Storm Caroline in December saw gusts of 100 miles per hour and waves of around 27 feet. The wind turbines were switched off for safety during the worst winds, Statoil said, but automatically started operating quickly after. According to the company, “A pitch motion controller is integrated with the Hywind turbine’s control system and will adjust the angle of the turbine blades during heavy winds which mitigates excessive motions of the structure.” Statoil senior vice president of offshore wind operations Beate Myking said in the statement, “We have tested the Hywind technology in harsh weather conditions for many years and we know it works. But putting the world’s first floating wind farm into production comes with some excitement. Therefore, it is very encouraging to see how well the turbines have performed so far. Hywind Scotland’s high availability has ensured that the volume of electricity generated is substantially higher than expected.” Statoil New Energy Solutions executive vice president Irene Rummelhoff said they are seeking new opportunities for the technology, and see potential in Europe, Asia, and North America’s west coast. Statoil and Masdar aim to cut the costs of energy from Hywind Scotland down to 40 to 60 Euros per megawatt-hour by 2030 to make it “cost competitive with other renewable energy sources.” + Statoil Images via Øyvind Gravås/Woldcam/Statoil ( 1 , 2 )

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Green-roofed holiday home is fashioned from three shipping containers

February 21, 2018 by  
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Led by a desire to reduce landscape impact, Melbourne-based Studio Edwards turned to cargotecture for a sustainably minded getaway on the Surf Coast in Victoria, Australia. Raised atop stilts on a steep slope, House 28 was fashioned from a trio of 20-foot shipping containers sourced from nearby Port Melbourne. In addition to minimized site disturbance, the green-roofed holiday home uses a rainwater catchment and filtration system to gather water and features double-glazed windows and doors to increase energy efficiency. Set overlooking the Wye River and Australia’s Otway Coast, House 28 is securely anchored to the hillside by steel stilts and deep concrete pile foundations. The architects joined two of the containers to form one long module housing the entrance, a spacious living area, and open kitchen with dining, while the other container comprises two bedrooms and a bathroom. The containers were angled towards one another and connected with a blackbutt timber deck. Related: Shipping container delivers heightened drama to a modern island home For a rugged finish, the containers were externally insulated and clad with galvanized steel sheeting. In contrast, the minimalist interiors are lined with marine-grade plywood for a warm feel. Full-height doubled-glazed windows and doors overlook the ocean to the south and keep the narrow buildings from feeling constrained. A garden of native dichondra covers the roof providing extra thermal insulation and rainwater filtration. + Studio Edwards Via Dezeen Images by Tony Gorsevski

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Ephemeral timber pavilion doubles as sculpture and film venue in Portugal

February 21, 2018 by  
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This elegant ephemeral pavilion does double duty as a film venue and sculpture that complements the garden grounds of Portugal’s Serralves Museum. Porto-based Diogo Aguiar Studio designed the architectural object, which is made up of curved timber partitions that come together to form two concentric spaces: the main film viewing area and the interstitial space. Diogo Aguiar Studio was selected to design the pavilion, which formed one of Serralves Museum’s five temporary structures for the architectural exhibition Live Uncertainty, 32nd Bienal de São Paulo that concluded this Sunday, February 18. Like depA’s pavilion design for Serralves, Diogo Aguiar Studio’s contribution is a minimalist affair and its all-timber cladding complements rather than detracts from the wooded surroundings. The pavilion nucleus is a dark space where the film “Os humores artificiais” (2016) by Gabriel Abrantes is shown. The addition of a secondary curved skin helps control the amount of daylight that reaches the interior and adds a sense of mystery: the three openings on the outer facade do not match up with those in the antechamber and force visitors to walk along a mulch pathway. The journey through the pavilion to watch the film thus becomes an experience in itself. Related: Mirrored pavilion all but disappears into nature As the architects put it: “Contributing to the control of natural light in the interior space, the juxtaposition of two façade-plans, curved and parallel, which alternately open double-curved arc spans, guides the visitor to walk through the immersive space of mediation – as an antechamber-path – without revealing the central nucleus – as a space-enclosed – the projection place.” + Diogo Aguiar Studio Via ArchDaily Images © 2017 Francisco Nogueira Architectural Photography

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Statoil’s Hywind off Scotland’s coast set to be world’s largest floating wind farm

November 3, 2015 by  
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Offshore wind power is booming in Europe. And when it’s completed, the Hywind project will be the largest floating wind farm development in the world, producing enough power to light up nearly 20,000 homes. Owned by Norway’s Statoil, Hywind just got its marine license from the Scottish government – giving it the go-ahead for installation about 25 kilometers off the coast of Peterhead, Scotland. The pilot project proposed by Statoil will feature five floating turbines capable of producing 6 Megawatts each, for a total annual generating capacity of 135 Gigawatt hours. Read the rest of Statoil’s Hywind off Scotland’s coast set to be world’s largest floating wind farm

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TransCanada asks US govt to suspend application for controversial Keystone XL pipeline

November 3, 2015 by  
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TransCanada, the company pushing to build a massive pipeline through the American Midwest, told the government on Monday to suspend its application, effectively halting the approval process. In this surprising twist, the hopeful builders of the Keystone XL pipeline are seeking to avoid the project’s imminent rejection and buy more time to complete a review in Nebraska, which the company had previously tried to avoid. This is the latest development in a long struggle that has inspired public protest from environmentalists, farmers, indigenous peoples, and others. Read the rest of TransCanada asks US govt to suspend application for controversial Keystone XL pipeline

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Three Technologies Square Off for Floating Wind Farm Supremacy

July 3, 2014 by  
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The renewable energy race is heating up with three new floating wind farm technologies squaring off for top spot . The challenge for floating wind farm engineering is to create a system that can be anchored deep in the oceans and stand up to the worst weather the world can throw at them. The reward is the ability to harness some of the most powerful winds on Earth. Current ocean wind farm technology involves anchoring turbines to the ocean floor, which gets costly and challenging at sea depths more than 40 meters (131 feet). Read on to learn how three cutting-edge technologies are changing the game. Read the rest of Three Technologies Square Off for Floating Wind Farm Supremacy Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “wind power” , Electricity , farm , Fukushima , generation , green , Hywind , Japan , mitsubishi , mitusi , power , renewable , renewable energy , statoil , Technology , turbine , WindFloat

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The WindFlip Barge Concept Installs Offshore Wind Turbines Inexpensively and With Ease

December 30, 2011 by  
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The WindFlip barge concept was designed to simplify the installation of offshore wind turbines and in the process has managed to be a solution that also cuts cost. Installing offshore wind turbines can be an expensive task — the process requires skilled technicians to assemble turbines at sea, and to anchor them at great depths. Alternatively, the WindFlip barge allows turbines to be assembled completely on shore, towed to their location, and then simply tipped into place — thus minimizing the need for expensive work at sea. Check out a video of the WindFlip in action after the jump. Read the rest of The WindFlip Barge Concept Installs Offshore Wind Turbines Inexpensively and With Ease Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “wind turbine” , floating wind turbine , green energy , Hywind , norway , offshore wind , offshore wind cost , Offshore Wind Farm , offshore wind turbine , offshore wind turbine installation , renewable energy , statoil , wind turbine barge , wind turbine cost , wind turbine installation , windflip

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