On 7 September 2018 the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) was formally inaugurated in the presence of Vattenfall’s chief executive, Magnus Hall, and Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland.
Mr Hall said, “Vattenfall is in Britain to grow. The success of our wind power investments over the past decade, and the ambition of Scottish and UK Governments to transform the energy and transport sectors give us confidence in our UK future.” He said the EOWDC will “turbocharge” the growth of the offshore wind industry.
Vattenfall’s senior vice president and head of wind Gunnar Groebler, said, “We have built this pioneering project in partnership and we especially appreciate the contribution of the Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group, Scottish Government and Crown Estate Scotland for their commitment to deploying what is arguably the world’s most innovative windfarm.”
Future wind power technology will be tested at the EOWDC in Aberdeen Bay, which is one of the first testing facilities of its kind. The aim is to accelerate the wind power industry’s drive for competitive renewable electricity generation. The 11 wind turbines, two 8.8 MW and nine 8.4 MW, have the largest turbine capacity in commercial operation in the world.
The First Minister said she took pride in the EOWDC, and in the fact that the world’s most powerful offshore wind turbines are now up and running in Scotland. “The EOWDC will maintain Scotland’s reputation for innovation in low carbon and renewable energy development and deployment.”
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind chief executive Philippe Kavafyan said, “We are proud that Scotland is now home to the world’s most powerful operational wind turbines. This project is the outcome of forward-thinking energy policy and a strong commitment to innovation that we see across the entire UK market. The learnings from this development project promise to serve us well in future UK offshore wind projects.”