Vattenfall’s Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm, known as the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) will consist of eleven turbine and will also be a centre for testing and developing new technologies for offshore wind power. Therefore Vattenfall and the EU have committed EUR 3 million to a scientific research and monitoring fund.
Now Vattenfall has announced four projects which will each receive a share of the fund to conduct thorough research at, and around the EODWC.
Research on dolphins and more
The awarded research projects include studies of the lives of sea based animals affected by off shore wind power production such as bottlenose dolphins, salmon, sea trout and different sea birds.
Also the socio-economic impact of the EOWDC will be analysed, from the construction stage through to becoming fully operational to help better understand how offshore wind developments can be maximised to benefit the region and local communities.
Adam Ezzamel, EOWDC project director at Vattenfall, said:
“The announcement of these successful projects, including three in Scotland, is an exciting one with each having the potential to unlock fascinating new insights into the offshore wind environment and determine influencing environmental factors.
Cutting edge facility
Almost 100 applications from across the UK and overseas were submitted for the research programme with a shortlist of 16, then four, selected by a specialist scientific panel comprised of environmental agencies, regulators, scientists, Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group and representatives of Vattenfall.
As Scotland’s largest offshore wind test and demonstration facility, the 92 megawatt EOWDC is a cutting-edge facility. Construction of the scheme, which features a number of innovations and industry firsts, started in October 2016 with first power expected in summer 2018.