Clean energy company Aker Offshore Wind has announced that it will use underwater substations to help expand its wind farm infrastructure off the coast of Scotland, press release reveals.
Substations help transfer energy from wind turbines to the grid and to homes and businesses. They are usually installed above sea levelhowever, moving them down to the seabed provides several advantages. For starters, seawater acts as a natural cooling system. The underwater substation also requires fewer components and no rotating parts. Along with stable underwater temperatures, this increases reliability and reduces the cost of maintaining a substation anchored to the seabed.
Aker Offshore Wind has partnered with Ocean Winds to present “a series of floats offers that could supply up to 6,000 MW of energy to Outer Moray Firth, “the company said in a statement. This will make it” by far the largest wind energy development in the UK and [it would] supplies millions of homes with renewable energy. “
Reducing carbon emissions through innovation at sea
The work of the companies will help strengthen the UK’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions. The country announced this year that it aims to reduce emissions by 78 percent by 2035, before reaching its zero target by 2050. ““Our vision is for the United Kingdom to become a world leader in floating winds at sea, contributing to our mission with a zero-scale green energy network,” said Sian Lloyd-Rees, Managing Director of Aker Offshore Wind UK. We have the opportunity to fulfill new technology in the ScotWind leasing round, maxeng Scotland and the UK are world leaders in underwater solutions for floating winds and exports at seaeng technologies around the world. “
Aker Offshore Wind says that approximately 80 percent of the world’s wind resources are located in deep waters that reach more than 196 feet (60 meters) below sea level, which means they are not suitable for fixed base wind farms. Other companies, such as GE, recently unveiled their own innovations for floating offshore wind farms. The company unveiled a new one floating wind turbine concept in March. Meanwhile, South Korea announced last month that it would build a 1.4-gigawatt floating wind farm in a bid to meet its own climate change goals.