In the future, the world will depend on climate-friendly generation of electricity — and it’s offshore industry expertise from Norway that’s making the transition possible.
“I was involved in the work building these in Spain,” says Selås proudly. “It’s really cool to see them in real life.”
16 years after the Hywind design was first sketched out on a napkin by a couple of Norwegian Equinor engineers becalmed on a sailing trip together, the Hywind Scotland wind farm could start supplying the Scottish town of Peterhead with electricity in 2017.
Even though it’s a relatively calm day out at sea off Aberdeen, the large offshore wind supply vessel is rolling rhythmically in the swell. High above the deck, one of the five floating wind turbines rotates with a gigantic circumference of 154 metres, driven by the wind. This wind farm is the first of its kind in the world, and the start of what could be Norway's next industrial adventure — and an important contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.