Tuesday, October 22, 2013

World's largest prototype wind turbine completed

Construction of the world’s largest and most powerful prototype wind turbine has been completed at Fife Energy Park.
The 7MW Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) prototype turbine has been installed 50m offshore in the Firth of Forth. It will deliver enough electricity to power 4,800 homes.
Graham Construction was the principal contractor on the project. Leo Martin, executive director, said: “This project cements the relationships we have forged with Samsung Heavy Industries, Fife Council and Scottish Enterprise as well as our supply chain partners and allows Graham to continue to be an active participant and leader in the renewables and marine sector."
SHI said that, following a successful testing period, it will work to attract orders for its turbines. This will allow it to build a world class manufacturing facility at the Fife Energy Park.
The manufacturer worked closely with both Fife Council and Scottish Enterprise as it developed the project, which could help put the area firmly on the map as a major European hub for renewable technology.
It wants to break into the European wind energy market and has invested £70m in the Fife wind turbine demonstrator scheme, which has the potential to create up to 500 jobs in Scotland.
As one of the world’s growing suppliers of onshore wind farm turbine technology, SHI has been manufacturing 2.5MW wind turbines for four years, with turbines already installed in Korea, the US and Canada. But this is its first European offshore wind project.