29 Jul '16, 6pm

WindTech: Offshore wind looks to island hubs

In the early years of offshore-wind development, most projects were characterised by modest turbine numbers of 2-3.6MW capacity, typically located 5-30 kilometres from shore. As a single-journey sailing time of 60 to 90 minutes is considered the practical and economic maximum, such projects could be serviced from onshore facilities with fast crew-transport vessels. The sector has changed rapidly over recent years, however. Turbine capacity expanded into the 3.0-6.2MW range, and is now pushing towards 8MW and beyond, while the average size of projects has grown, with developments of 400-700MW increasingly common. A parallel trend has been to construct these large-scale projects much further from shore. Helgoland airport - a 480-metre airstrip suitable only for small aircraft - is situated at Dune, the smaller of the archipelago's two islands, linked to the main island by a ...

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