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Scotland to Build Floating Wind Farm Offshore

Officials in Scotland have announced plans to build a farm of floating wind turbines offshore.
August 18, 2010, 7am PDT | Nate Berg
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Two sites are being scouted as possible homes for the world's first floating windfarm.

"Statoil is currently testing a prototype version of its Hywind floating turbine 10km offshore at Karmøy in Norway and, after a successful wave of tests, is now assessing potential sites for a full-scale floating windfarm.

The company is planning to deploy between three and five floating wind turbines to demonstrate the commercial viability of the technology and senior executives at the firm met yesterday with Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond to discuss the viability of two prospective sites – one off the coast of Lewis and one off Aberdeenshire."

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Published on Tuesday, August 17, 2010 in The Guardian
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