Plans to site test turbines off Methil coastline

Artist's impression of a wind turbine proposed for the Methil coast
Artist's impression of a wind turbine proposed for the Methil coast

TWO unique wind turbines will be installed 1.5km off the Methil coast by renewables group 2-B Energy.

The two-bladed offshore demonstrators, with rotor diameters of 140 metres, will be jointly delivered by 2-B and Scottish Enterprise (SE).

The project was announced by Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond who described the turbines as “innovative and exciting” and had a “great potential” to reduce costs for clean energy generators due to their reliance on fewer components.

Mr Salmond said: “This strategic agreement with our enterprise agency is another important development for Scotland’s burgeoning offshore renewables industry, which is bringing jobs and investment to communities across the country.

“2-B Energy’s decision to develop its technology here underlines the increasing international recognition that Scotland offer’s the optimum business and natural environment for clean-tech developers to pursue their ambitions.”

Because of the decision to develop the two, 2-B says it will now scrap plans to erect another turbine nearer to the shoreline.

The project will be part of a test and demonstration hub which it’s hoped will attract a range of potential interests in the Scottish offshore wind sector.

Mikael Jakobsson, chief operating officer for 2-B Energy, held further discussions on the project with SE recently during a visit to Scotland, where he also met the First Minister.

The director of energy and low carbon technologies at Scottish Enterprise, Adrian Gillespie, said: “2-B’s exciting approach has the potential to play an important part in Scotland’s future renewables wind development and create a possible step-change in future reduction of power generation cost.”

Scotland’s First Minister has already stated his ambitions for the country to produce all of its electricity needs from renewable sources by 2020.

It’s been claimed that the local Energy Park will be placed at the heart of the sector.

Contributors to the Mail’s Facebook page have differing opinions on whether or not this is a reality.

Joseph Cochrane said: “It’s all pie in the sky.

“Who’s ever heard of a firm investing £100 million into a project and they can’t even produce one concrete job out of it.”

However, Amanda Harrigan said: “I’m planning on getting a job in the industry once I graduate as I feel more wind turbines will be needed to keep up with UK energy demand.”

Area councillor David Alexander said Methil is “ideally placed” for construction and long term maintenance.

Antoni Galloway believes that “any business is good business” and that the choice of Methil for the development was welcome.