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Some people thought we were crazy when we put a giant wind turbine on top of a floating spar structure and towed it out to sea. But it turned out to be the future, and the future is now. This year we made a giant leap forward as we installed and started producing electricity from the world’s first floating wind farm. The 30 MW Hywind Scotland pilot park will demonstrate the feasibility of future commercial floating wind farms that could be more than four times the size. This will further increase the global market potential for offshore wind energy, contributing to realising Statoil’s ambition of profitable growth in renewable energy and other low-carbon solutions. Visit our website to learn more: www.statoil.com

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Oct 18, 2017

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Nick Romis
Nick Romis 4 days ago
5000 tons of iron ore ballast! Impressive amount. I wonder if this is per substructure or total...
John Lammi
John Lammi Month ago
How many thousand of birds do they kill? How much in subsidies do they take?
Lambda Frog
Lambda Frog Month ago
Like from Russia
Leslie Allan
Leslie Allan 2 months ago
A truly great achievement, just a bit puzzled as to why ,with our history of building floating production platforms for the major oil and gas companies,we couldn’t have built all of these in Scotland?.
Noddy Twothree
Noddy Twothree Month ago
What "we"? Why would a Norwegian company build it in Scotland though? The idea and technology wasn't invented by Scots, so you don't reap the benefits.
Is [N0T] 42
Is [N0T] 42 3 months ago
No renewable energy was used in the making of this project.
Noddy Twothree
Noddy Twothree Month ago
Plenty of renewable energy was used on land while constructing them, as Norway is ~99% hydropowered.
Dragon Fly
Dragon Fly 3 months ago
This wind turbine industry is built only to provide extreme revenue to already rich companies. At the bottom of the priority list is the consideration for nature. This industry has spent a lot of time and money looking like green energy. They also rightly use it as perpetual energy. Windmill energy can certainly be green energy but then in only certain conditions. It is that the energy is used in the area it is produced. The condition is that it should not be transported on high-voltage lines in the air voltage and that necessary transformers are far away from areas where people live. Current with 50 hz / possibly 60 hz AC creates, as known, environmentally harmful conditions for animals and humans. Many feel great discomfort with magnetic fields, and many suffer from a number of diseases including blood cancer. Today, this company Equinor (formerly Statoil) is a world-renowned company for the sale of oil, energy and more. And they are like all other such companies a devastating factor for nature on land and at sea. Equinor is a Norwegian company and aims to sell energy to a number of European countries. To achieve this goal, Equinor does not care that nature is being destroyed.
Noddy Twothree
Noddy Twothree Month ago
The most nature friendly event in a human's life is death. No more consumption or energy use. Would you prefer to like in a cave again maybe? I don't see you offering any solutions.
Luke Rieman
Luke Rieman 3 months ago
Your videographer deserves a promotion for that shot of the tower mating at night - truly magnificent!
Φιντιας Ουζουνιδης
Bullshit electricity
SWOBIZ
SWOBIZ 3 months ago
Every wind and solar installation is propped up by reliable nuclear and fossil fuel plants which compensate for the dangerous and unpredictable fluctuations of wind/solar output. Otherwise, they would be cause life-threatening black/brown outs and voltage spikes throughout the day.
Jesus Huerta
Jesus Huerta 3 months ago
Screw this crap, in the U.S. we have " beautiful, clean, coal".
Is [N0T] 42
Is [N0T] 42 Month ago
@Darrell & Anna Taylor who needs forests when we could build a giant solar farm?
Is [N0T] 42
Is [N0T] 42 3 months ago
This is just about as "clean".
Rodrigo Villanueva
Rodrigo Villanueva 3 months ago
Green washing. Their real deal is not with renewable energy :)
Lukas Draven
Lukas Draven 3 months ago
SEKCO PEDEFIL MAZUMOS SIUKLES ATMATOS NAMU NAZERTI MARIJA JUOZE JUDEN JEZUSA MESIJA ABRAAMO MOZE VIESPATIES AMZINAI AMIN MYLIU AMIN AMORE AMORE
Saeed Ghanbari
Saeed Ghanbari 3 months ago
This is a big step towards sustainable clean energy! Great job!
Dragon Fly
Dragon Fly 3 months ago
This wind turbine industry is built only to provide extreme revenue to already rich companies. At the bottom of the priority list is the consideration for nature. This industry has spent a lot of time and money looking like green energy. They also rightly use it as perpetual energy. Windmill energy can certainly be green energy but then in only certain conditions. It is that the energy is used in the area it is produced. The condition is that it should not be transported on high-voltage lines in the air voltage and that necessary transformers are far away from areas where people live. Current with 50 hz / possibly 60 hz AC creates, as known, environmentally harmful conditions for animals and humans. Many feel great discomfort with magnetic fields, and many suffer from a number of diseases including blood cancer. Today, this company Equinor (formerly Statoil) is a world-renowned company for the sale of oil, energy and more. And they are like all other such companies a devastating factor for nature on land and at sea. Equinor is a Norwegian company and aims to sell energy to a number of European countries. To achieve this goal, Equinor does not care that nature is being destroyed.
Alberto Peralta
Alberto Peralta 3 months ago
how is this different from GE off-shore wind turbines?
Luke Rieman
Luke Rieman 3 months ago
These are floating, not fixed directly to the sea bed.
Waray non
Waray non 3 months ago
If only one of you hears my call to help me develop my invention that can produce electricity even inside your bedroom because it's pollution free and most of all no refueling and recharging needed, you might not be needing to create thus very expensive structure on the sea that might endanger inhabitants in that area and damage echo system.
KEVIN BUCHAN
KEVIN BUCHAN 3 months ago
Not very good for Scotland at all, I look at this eyesore everyday, I don't want to see them or buy the electric they generate, apart from the anchors, Scottish yards or people got very little in job benefits from this with large parts going to provide jobs for Spaniards. Spain at the Independence referendum had nothing good to say about Scotland except we didn't have the capability of running our own country. None of the ships or cranes used in the construction belong to Scottish firms either with all profits moving out of the UK. Nothing but a total disgrace and I hope a no a deal Brexit will stop this kind nonsense.
Noddy Twothree
Noddy Twothree Month ago
Your simple ideas are a fantasy! The UK is not going to change, you won't benefit from Brexit either way. That's for the bankers and rich. Trade is good for everyone. Do you think a "no-deal" will stop trade? That's the whole argument for Brexit! That you should open up to the world! That means all your jobs are on the line, because the world has plenty of cheap labor to offer. I pity you.
Googi Shite
Googi Shite 3 months ago
Have I missed something here? Norwegian company, Statoil, towers built in Spain, apart from the location and the Scottish narrator, what part did the U.K. play in this? With its long construction heritage Scotland could have built the towers and the U.K. could have developed this concept, but we didn't. The U.K.'s lack of investment in science and engineering coupled with governments' short-term and misdirected focus again led to another opportunity being p*ssed away. We should be ashamed of ourselves.
ernest schulze
ernest schulze 3 months ago
We need this in South Africa
Stephen Verchinski
Stephen Verchinski 4 months ago
Who is statoil?
Noddy Twothree
Noddy Twothree Month ago
It was Norway's "state oil" company, now called Equinor.
eduardo visinoni
eduardo visinoni 4 months ago
Parabéns do Brasil. Esse é o mundo que todos queremos. Abraços;
Oh Lawd
Oh Lawd 4 months ago
Cool.👍
owenbevt3
owenbevt3 4 months ago
One of the few things I can be prowd of in modern Britain.
drsupremo88
drsupremo88 4 months ago
This is funking crazy
Kumar Mithilesh
Kumar Mithilesh 4 months ago
what about #cyclones and Hurricanes will it survive the wind force.
owenbevt3
owenbevt3 4 months ago
not many Hurricanes in Scotland.
stu crawford
stu crawford 4 months ago
Great to see Scotland as a world leader in wind turbine innovation. Dragging the UK into the 21st century My country England still plugging away with old nuclear Power stations.
alexanderscheffer
alexanderscheffer 3 months ago
Actually... (newer) nuclear power plants are greener than you might think. But these floating wind turbines are still awesome! :)
David Holgate
David Holgate 4 months ago
Yes they had proper Scottish accents haha.... They are using Scotland as a testing area by the looks of it.
Pete Coventry
Pete Coventry 4 months ago
Every full turn powers a house for 24 hours. Amazing when you know what they do and how they work.
Dave Kirkeby
Dave Kirkeby 4 months ago
Very cool. Regardless of the cost/benefits it's cool to be alive to see such amazing structures being built by my fellow humans. Many of the negative comments below are directed at the energy for construction versus energy produced. None of the negative comments I saw offered any kind of documentation or references to studies. The Wikipedia article on wind turbines presents quite a bit of information that refutes most of the criticisms that were put forth in the comments: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Environmental_impact_of_wind_power From that article: The energy return on investment (EROI) for wind energy is equal to the cumulative electricity generated divided by the cumulative primary energy required to build and maintain a turbine. According to a meta study, in which all existing studies from 1977 to 2007 were reviewed, the EROI for wind ranges from 5 to 35,[18] with the most common turbines in the range of 2 MW nameplate capacity-rotor diameters of 66 meters, on average the EROI is 16. So EROI (Energy Return on Investment) is 16 on the most common size of windmills and presumably as time goes on that number will climb towards or above the highest EROI's obtained today. This seems to be a complete refutation of one of the most common criticisms made in the comments.
bruce baker
bruce baker 4 months ago
It will be interesting to see how well they hold up to extreme conditions and what the actual output over the years will be.
TheGizmo1122
TheGizmo1122 4 months ago
Well statoil, now Equinor has a lot of experiense working offshore, so hopefully they will do ok :)
WINSTON SMITH
WINSTON SMITH 5 months ago
These aren't profitable. The only reason they exist is government subsidies.
Noddy Twothree
Noddy Twothree Month ago
You don't know anything about these do you? Wind at sea is not comparable.
Ciaran Harrington
Ciaran Harrington 4 months ago
But now we are spending money at home to harness energy. We dont have to depend wholly on the US, Russia and arabia for energy. Just print euros= get wind turbines and european jobs. Makes economic and strategic sense, europe doesnt have vast hydrocarbon resources, so they will cut their cloth to suit them.
Terry Tong
Terry Tong 6 months ago
Wow Scottish Accent changed
Esteban We don’t need no stinking badges
☠️ what a waste of money
raymond cole
raymond cole 6 months ago
it is very much easier to build a gas turbine power plant that would be very much cheaper to build and would produce energy all the time
Stephen Verchinski
Stephen Verchinski 4 months ago
If its from fracked shale the energy return on investment is running 5 out to one in. Unsustainable. Also not fair to future generations to blow it all on the current occupants when the planet has another billion years to go. Better to do intensive energy conservation. Better EROI and less costly.
ferkemall
ferkemall 6 months ago
You do know that the life of a wind turbine is appx 20 years then it need replacing !
Kenneth James
Kenneth James 4 months ago
Omg thats horrible! You mean you only incur the cost of manufacturing and installation before having 20 years of energy generation for nothing? And it only operates at 65% max capacity the whole time! I mean Dams operate at 45%... ooh wait. Turns out thats incredible.
Gert Visser
Gert Visser 7 months ago
And what about the hundreds of thousands of birds that will kill these machines coming years? In the past we were careful with our birds, there was legislation around construction works and that was good. In our era of CO2 madness, birds or other animals have become completely unimportant: as long as money can be earned.
Noddy Twothree
Noddy Twothree Month ago
This is far out at sea... It's a bit different by the coast or on land.
niels lund
niels lund 3 months ago
www.deviantart.com/nslc/art/bird-s-nest-160791977 Do they look dead, do they look scared, no seabirds like the improved fishing opportunities at wind turbines.
Berenice L
Berenice L 6 months ago
cats and cars kill more, should we ban them too? www.sibleyguides.com/conservation/causes-of-bird-mortality/ www.cbc.ca/news/politics/9-leading-causes-of-bird-deaths-in-canada-1.1873654 eu.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/09/15/wind-turbines-kill-fewer-birds-than-cell-towers-cats/15683843/ science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/green-science/wind-turbine-kill-birds.htm
Čhãrłîę B
Čhãrłîę B 7 months ago
Love to see it in rough seas
Mart Nije
Mart Nije 9 months ago
I made these drone shots
armund16
armund16 10 months ago
Such a great invention. 43 oil workers disliked this video lol
Is [N0T] 42
Is [N0T] 42 3 months ago
Cause they were the only oil workers excluded from the construction team.
Edward Johnson
I thought Scotland was cold! Why then do they need such big fans?
Dynamic Solution
It will sink by the time it recoups 1/3 of its cost.
Noddy Twothree
Noddy Twothree Month ago
Says the Internet "expert" with no engineering knowledge at all.
davetileguy
davetileguy Year ago
How much energy to make all that steel ?
Oliver Wabwire
Absolutely phenomenal! An inspiring story on capacity of humans to do good; some hope for future generations of this planet.
TheRoidemortetfleur
How much carbon print was needed just to get it built and setup? I'd just use a tugboat. That matters if it took 2 years of carbon worth just to set it up then you must make the process even more efficient. That said. I'm glad to see the idea to fruition.
Sabrina Torres
This is absolutly amazing!
DEEREMEYER1
DEEREMEYER1 Year ago
Throw a handful of empty aluminum cans in the ocean at the beach and you're "littering" and "destroying the environment". Throw a bunch of wind turbines in the water "offshore" and you're an "environmentalist" and are creating "green energy".
owenbevt3
owenbevt3 4 months ago
Yes, I don't see animals getting traped in these like in a can.
Leonard Pearlman
Leonard Pearlman 10 months ago
Makes ya think, don't it?
DEEREMEYER1
DEEREMEYER1 Year ago
Its a damned shame that "offshore wind power" is even more inefficient and a far bigger waste of money than "onshore wind power". The further you get from the "shore" the less wind you have to work with. Winds blowing out to sea at the shoreline are due to temperature/elevation/humidity differences AT the shoreline. And they're MAINLY at "ground level" and aren't nearly as strong once you move away from the shore in any direction. Inland, out to sea or "up" in the atmosphere.
owenbevt3
owenbevt3 4 months ago
Modern turbines work on the same principle as airoplain wings with the suction of the air flow around them pulling them, rather than being pushed by the wind. So consistent - non turbulent winds are more important than strong ones, and you get more of these the further you are from the cost.
marechavala1
marechavala1 5 months ago
DEEREMEYER1 oil troll alert!!
Miles
Miles Year ago
about 20% of the UK's energy is now from wind and constantly increasing. brilliant stuff
Shanta Hsieh
Shanta Hsieh Year ago
The project like this step by step is described on the Avasva website and many more plans you can find on that website.
Coeus 2.0
Coeus 2.0 Year ago
Never mind the birds they munch, what about the pensioners, the poor and vulnerable who are forced to pay for this virtue signalling garbage? People die from fuel poverty in their tens of thousands every year and projects like this have contributed to the trebling, yes trebling, of energy costs in the last 15 years and there is absolutely no tangible benefit from it, not one jot of 'Climate change' will be changed for the better or worse by this - so what is it for ? ..... Ego .... pure and utter political and eco ego ... there is something sick with society when we have the resources to give people cheap energy right beneath our feet for decades to come but yet we choose the expensive option which makes poor people poorer, rich people richer and makes energy affordable for the people who need it most. I would admire projects like this if they did not kill poor people and tax them via the energy bill to pay for rich peoples and ecowarriors meaningless toys .... Marie Antoinette looks pretty sensitive and caring toward the poor compared with this lot ......
Donald Kasper
Donald Kasper Year ago
Nice view of the farm. Nothing running. Wow, there is your coal power competitor right there. Oh, not enough wind. Oh well.
Noddy Twothree
Noddy Twothree Month ago
It's shown running in the video. You're confusing the installation phase for not running...
SpeedyBoy
SpeedyBoy Year ago
Music ? anyone know ?
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