The Crown Estate has entered into an agreement for lease with Forthwind Ltd., a subsidiary of 2-B Energy, for the U.K.'s first offshore demonstration of two-bladed wind turbines.
The planned project includes installing two full-scale 6 MW turbines on the seabed at Methil in Scotland, and subject to planning consent, deployment is expected in 2016.
"In order to fully unlock the potential of offshore wind over the long term, it is vital that opportunities are made available to test and demonstrate innovative and emerging technology platforms to bring down costs and secure the U.K.'s position as a global leader in offshore wind technology," says Huub den Rooijen, head of offshore wind at The Crown Estate. "As such, we are pleased to have concluded an agreement for lease with 2-B Energy and look forward with interest to seeing the technology mature."
2-B Energy has received grant support from the Department of Energy and Climate Change and investment by the Scottish Investment Bank to develop a full-scale onshore prototype in the Netherlands ahead of the two offshore machines planned for Methil.
"We will continue to work closely with The Crown Estate to implement our strategy for the demonstration of our innovative offshore wind technology," says Mikael Jakobsson, chief operating officer for 2-B Energy. "We have reached an exciting point in the development of our company, and the Methil project will be a significant step forward along our pathway to commercialization.
"We hope that through this offshore development and demonstration step, and following the completion of our first onshore demonstrator in early 2015, to be able to validate significant cost reductions in future offshore wind deployment."