The world’s largest floating offshore wind farm is now complete, and it has a Spanish seal of approval


The world’s largest floating offshore wind farm, Kincardine Offshore Wind, is now complete.

Today’s energy news comes with a Spanish stamp, and that is that the Kincardine Offshore Windfarm Limited (KOWL) floating offshore wind farm, which is the largest in the world, is already completed.

We say it has a Spanish footprint because the company responsible for the commissioning, engineering, design, supply and construction of the wind farm is the work of Madrid-based Cobra Wind. The Navantia-Windar consortium in Spain manufactured the floating wind foundations, which were then transported to Rotterdam, the Netherlands, where the wind turbines were mounted on the foundations.

In more detail, the 50 MW Kincardine floating wind farm, located a few kilometers from Aberdeen (Scotland), has one 2 MW Vestas turbine and five 9.5 MW Vestas turbines. It is expected to generate up to 218 GWh of clean electricity each year, enough to power 55,000 homes.

Floating wind farms are becoming increasingly common, becoming a great alternative for the generation of renewable energy, either by turbines, which is the most common, such as the recently updated Egmond aan Zee (OWEZ) in the Netherlands, or by solar panels like the one in Singapore, without forgetting the case of Thailand, which combines them with water, building one of the largest hydro-solar installations in existence to date.

With this type of installation on the rise, manufacturers are working to make them more durable. For example, Hitachi ABB Power Gris introduced new transformers for offshore wind projects that increase the potential of offshore wind energy by enabling a new generation of substations and floating turbines.