Floating wind turbines and in the Greek seas

Posted on April 15, 2019
The framework for the arrival in the Aegean and Ionian technology of floating wind turbines is being prepared by the Ministry of Environment and Energy.
This is a relatively new category of RES that is being developed in Norway, and in particular by Equinor (formerly Statoil), which in 2017 built the world's first floating wind farm 25 km from the coast of Peterhead in Scotland. It is capable of an installed capacity of 30 MW to electrify about 20,000 dwellings.
According to Euro2day.gr, in a workshop organized by the Embassy of Norway in our country, representatives of the company, the Scientific Association of Wind Energy (ELETEN) and RAE, talked about the new technology, which is offered for the Greek seas that are deep and difficult to build conventional offshore wind farms. These require foundation and their construction is suitable for depths up to 60 meters. On the contrary, floating wind turbines use the anchor method and can be installed at greater depths.
In the workshop, the Secretary General of Energy and Mineral Wealth, Michalis Veríopoulos, informed that the PEN ministry has included in the Special Area Plan for RES, which also designs the technology of floating wind turbines. Indeed, as he said in the second half of 2020 after having located a marine area, he could make the first pilot auction for the prices of projects that investors want to develop. Regarding what the area will be, sources want to exploit one of the 12 areas identified by the Renewable Energy Center (CRES) in 2010 for the development of offshore wind farms. Of course, prior to the first pilot auction, it is necessary to legislate on the relevant technology and then to develop a Strategic Environmental Impact Assessment on the location of floating wind farms.

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