New proprietor repowers 20-year-old wind farm off Swedish coast

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A view of wind turbines from the coast

Enlarge / Scroby Sands offshore wind farm, Caister, Nice Yarmouth, Norfolk, England. (credit score: Picture by: Geography Photographs/UIG by way of Getty Photographs)

In November, a Danish asset administration group referred to as Momentum Gruppen recommissioned 5 generators at a 20-year-old offshore wind farm situated 4km (2.5 mi) off the coast of Sweden. Momentum bought the wind farm and upgraded the nacelles, blades, and management programs whereas leaving the towers, foundations, and transmission gear. The generators had been initially rated to supply 500 kilowatts (kW) apiece. The upgrades had been completed with 600 kW turbine alternative gear.

Based on GreenTechMedia, it is the primary such repowering of an previous offshore wind farm. As Europe’s first offshore generators age, it represents a potential long-term future for Europe’s clean-energy fleet. Though onshore wind farm homeowners have been repowering their gear for years, offshore repowering comes with its personal technical challenges.

In 2017, Dong Vitality dismantled the first-ever fashionable offshore wind farm, in-built 1991 off the coast of Denmark. It had been in operation for 25 years. (One turbine was preserved for show on the Danish Museum of Vitality.)

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