Vattenfall, the Swedish energy giant, announced in early April that it had successfully installed an 8.8-megawatt capacity offshore wind turbine from Vestas off the European Offshore Wind Deployment Center (EOWDC) in Aberdeen, Scotland.
This powerful wind turbine is one of 11 turbines planned for this project, and it’s the first installation of a model that is large enough for commercial use. The wind farm that is planned will cost 300 million Euros to build and is hoped to generate more than 70% of Aberdeen’s domestic electricity demand, and 23% of the demand as a whole.
A single spin of this giant wind turbine can reportedly power an average residence for an entire day. According to Andrew Canning from Brussels-based advocacy group Wind Europe, the average size of an offshore wind turbine installed last year was 5.9 megawatts. The larger turbines have the ability to capture more wind energy because they have larger rotors with higher megawattage as well as longer blades.
With this increase in size and demand for wind power, the coatings market continues to rise in revenue. Ceramic coating is one of the most popular types of coating used for wind power. Ceramic is incredibly heat resistant, able to withstand temperatures up to 2,000 degrees Celsius, or 3,800 degrees Fahrenheit. These coatings are used to protect the turbines and hopefully give them a longer lifespan.
The Trump administration seems to be fighting this project. Before Donald Trump became president, he states that the turbines will completely destroy the bucolic Aberdeen Bay, where a golf course was to be developed. The Europeans, however, seem to be very supportive of the project.
“The EOWDC, through its innovative approach to cost reduction and pioneering technologies, leads the industry drive toward generating clean and competitive wind energy power — one that will reinforce Scotland’s global energy status,” said Gunnar Groebler of Vattenfall’s wind unit.