We are applying our expertise in offshore operations to develop several offshore wind technologies and projects. This year Equinor launched Hywind Scotland, the world’s first floating wind farm off the coast of Scotland. Dudgeon, located off the coast of Norfolk, is building on the success of Equinor’s existing Sheringham Shoal wind farm.
Together, Equinor’s current offshore wind projects power around 650,000 households in the UK. We are also a partner in the Dogger Bank offshore wind project, which has the potential to provide around 10% of the UK’s total electricity requirements.
Wind speed at Hywind right now
The UK has the largest installed offshore wind capacity in the world, accounting for 40% of the global total. Equinor welcomes the recent commitment to offshore wind from the Clean Growth Strategy. Equinor’s operations in the UK represent our support for the transition to a low-carbon economy.
Batwind – more than a cool name
Batwind is an innovative project, testing and exploring how we can use an energy storage system in combination with offshore wind or other renewables. We are testing this innovative battery storage solution at Hywind Scotland. The potential for producing clean, reliable energy is significant.
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Offshore wind overseas
The UK has been in the forefront when it comes to offshore wind development. This pioneering role gives valuable input for other projects around the world.
Major urban centres like New York City are looking to offshore wind as an important contributor for a sustainable future. New York City today uses more energy than all of sub-Saharan Africa combined, and has committed to powering 50% of the state’s electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030.
In 2016, Equinor won the lease for a wind farm off the coast of New York City, called Empire Wind. Empire Wind has the potential to generate capacity over 1 gigawatt, enough to power about a million homes. The license area is 20-50 km off the coast, between 20-40 meters deep, and extends over 321 square kilometers. Site assessment studies are scheduled to start in spring 2018, and Empire Wind could generate power as early as the mid-2020s. Click here for more information on the project.
Read more about our renewables business here.