Sunday, September 13, 2009

World’s first floating wind turbine opens in Norway

Updated on : Saturday, September 12, 2009

OSLO: This is an important step towards creating a new Norwegian energy industry at sea. The project illustrates how we may benefit from the knowledge we have gained from our petroleum industry, to develop innovative technology concerning renewable resources.

Norway can play an important role in the utilization of renewable resources and more environmental friendly energy production in the years to come.

The turbine is fastened to the seabed 10 kilometres southwest of Karmøy. The project is a pilot of the StatoilHydro-developed concept – Hywind. StatoilHydro will test the Hywind pilot over a two-year period. The project opens up for the wind industry to capture wind energy within deep-water environments.

Offshore wind could develop into becoming a new Norwegian industry. The Government have proposed a new legislation on offshore renewable energy in June this year.

In addition to this we have through Enova and the Research Council of Norway, increased the allocations to development of new and innovative technology, says the Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Mr. Terje Riis-Johansen.

In the National Budget for 2009, the Government strengthened its emphasis on resource and development regarding renewable energy and carbon capture- and storage, by NOK 300 mill.

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