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2018-02-16Floating wind farm with a capacity factor of 65%

Data from several months of work of the world's first 300 MW Hywind Scotland floating wind farm was published. The operator indicates that the results are better than expected. The floating wind farm faced three months of working in hard weather conditions and Hurricane Carolina when gusts in excess of 160 km/h and waves in excess of 8.2 meters were recorded.

During the winter, when the wind is at its strongest, the typical capacity factor for a bottom fixed offshore wind farm is 45-60%. By comparison, Hywind Scotland achieved an average of approximately 65% during November, December and January, meaning that the wind farm was producing 65% of max theoretical capacity.

Investors - Statoil and Masdar are aiming to reduce a cost of energy from floating wind farm to  40-60 EUR/MWh by 2030. 

The floating wind farm is located 25 kilometers offshore Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, and is powering approximately 20,000 UK households.