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10 October 2017 2017 11:00 AM GMT

EDF Completes Blythe Installation Of Potent New Turbines, Powering 34,000 Homes

The installation of five wind turbines off the coast of Blyth, has now been completed – marking the latest milestone in this ground-breaking offshore wind farm development by EDF Energy Renewables. The Blyth Offshore Demonstrator Wind farm is a 41.5 MW facility located at about 6km of the coast using three leading-edge innovations around the foundation, the turbine and the cables. Last month, five of the most powerful turbines were lifted and fitted onto the foundations using a specially designed jack-up vessel. The 8.3 MW MHI Vestas turbines are the most powerful to be used on an offshore wind farm.

This summer, the five gravity-based foundations (GBFs) were installed at the site using a new “float and submerge” process – the first time this method has been used for offshore wind turbines. Designed and built by Royal BAM Group in the Neptune dry dock on the Tyne, the GBFs were floated into position off the coast of Northumberland and submerged onto the seabed and further ballasted to provide the support structures that act as the foundations for the turbines.

The individual turbines have been connected to around 11 kilometres of buried 66kV offshore cables, which will bring the electricity onshore. This is the first time that such a voltage cable has been used for an offshore wind farm. A further 1.5 kilometre of onshore cable will link directly to a new substation built on part of the site of the former Blyth power station. The cable laying works have been carried out by VBMS, a Dutch company specialising in subsea power cable installation.

EDF Group’s Senior Executive Vice President, Renewable Energies, Antoine Cahuzac, said: “We are delighted to act as a driving force and pioneer in the Blyth Demonstrator offshore wind farm alongside industrial innovative players. The completion of this breakthrough project is in line with EDF Group’s major strategic goals in renewable for a low carbon energy sources and innovation to fight against climate change. Our second offshore wind farm project being installed off the coast of the United Kingdom gives us the opportunity to further enhance our expertise in the sector.”

EDF Energy Renewables CEO, Matthieu Hue, added: “The completion of the wind farm is one step closer now that we have achieved this latest milestone. The turbines, the foundations, and the cable are innovative features of this project, which is playing a major role in testing and proving new and emerging offshore installation methods and technologies.”

Wholly owned by EDF Energies Nouvelles, the Blyth Offshore Demonstrator project is being built by EDF Energy Renewables, a 50-50 UK joint venture between EDF Energies Nouvelles and EDF Energy. Previously, EDF ER has constructed the Teesside wind farm off the North East coast at Redcar. Once completed, the wind farm is expected to start generating power later this year. With a total generating capacity of 41.5MW, the turbines will produce enough low carbon electricity to power around 34,000 homes.

EDF Energy Renewables (EDF ER) is one of the UK’s leading renewable energy companies which develops, builds and operates generation projects with a focus on onshore and offshore wind as well as battery storage technology. It operates nearly 700MW of wind farms (including 319 MW in Scotland) and has more than 545 MW consented, 170 MW in planning and 950 MW in development. EDF ER is a 50:50 Joint Venture between EDF Energy and EDF Energies Nouvelles.

Photo: Courtesy of EDF Energies Nouvelles

December 21st 2018
Arsenal Unveil Battery Storage System: First Of Its Kind At A UK Football Club

Arsenal Football Club has unveiled a battery storage system (BSS) to store enough energy to run the 60,000 seater Emirates Stadium from kick-off to full time. It follows a unique collaboration with Pivot Power to install a 2MW/2.5MWh lithium ion BSS, with funds managed by Downing LLP. The project, the first of its kind in the UK, will also save club money as it works to support low-carbon plans. The BSS allows Arsenal to avoid peak power prices, buying electricity when it is cheap and storing it for use when prices are high. Typically, energy can cost three times more at peak times than overnight. The installation maintains Arsenal as the leader in sustainability in sport following its commitment to clean energy with Octopus Energy in 2016.

December 21st 2018
Battery Boom: Wind And Solar Can Generate Half Of Worldwide Electricity By 2050

Coal is to shrink to just 11% of global electricity generation by mid-century, from 38% now, as costs shift heavily in favour of wind, solar and batteries. Wind and solar are set to surge to almost “50 by 50” – 50% of world generation by 2050 due to reductions in cost. “Cheap battery storage means that it becomes increasingly possible to finesse the delivery of electricity from wind and solar so that these technologies can help meet demand even when the wind isn’t blowing and the sun isn’t shining. The result will be renewables eating up more and more of the existing market for coal, gas and nuclear.”

December 21st 2018
Wind: China Maintains Emerging Markets Top Spot Following 19.7GW Build Boom

Wind industry intelligence service A Word About Wind has launched its Emerging Markets Attractiveness Index report for 2018, which provides insight and analysis into the most attractive emerging markets for wind companies. The index, now in its second year, ranks the top 30 emerging markets that investors should consider when investing in wind in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America. The list considers factors including political and economic stability for investors, alongside the growth of electricity demand and potential for wind growth, in order to rank the countries by overall potential. As with last year’s report, China tops the list and the ongoing trade war with the US shows no sign of slowing China’s formidable growth.

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