The Mediterranean’s first offshore wind farm, off Italy, is now up and running [update]

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All 10 offshore upwind turbines person present been installed by Dutch maritime institution Van Oord disconnected Italy’s Puglia seashore – the bottommost of Italy’s boot. It’s Italy’s archetypal offshore upwind farm, and the archetypal successful the Mediterranean Sea.

April 22 update: Italy’s archetypal offshore upwind workplace is present officially online. The Taranto offshore upwind farm’s developer, Renexia, and its partners yesterday held a ceremonial successful the Port of Taranto to observe its commissioning and inauguration. The archetypal upwind turbine was installed successful February.

March 16: The Taranto offshore upwind workplace is adjacent Taranto harbor, and it’s the archetypal offshore upwind workplace successful the Mediterranean Sea. It volition person a capableness of 30 megawatts (MW) and estimated output of 58,000 MWh per year. It volition beryllium susceptible of powering 21,000 homes and is scheduled to travel online this year.

The Taranto offshore upwind workplace volition diagnostic MySE3.0-135 upwind turbines, which are made and delivered by China’s MingYang Smart Energy.

Italian offshore upwind improvement institution Renexia SpA is its proprietor and developer, and Van Oord’s MPI Offshore is moving its construction.

Taranto features bottom-fixed turbines, but going forward, offshore developers are looking to floating offshore upwind farms for the Mediterranean due to the fact that it’s precise deep.

Italy’s nationalist upwind vigor relation Anev has acceptable a people of 5 GW of floating offshore upwind for the state by 2040.

And arsenic AFP points retired today, “France precocious held the world’s archetypal auction for a commercial-sized floating offshore upwind farm, and different Mediterranean countries specified arsenic Greece and Spain are besides readying auctions for large-scale projects, according to the WindEurope association.”

Read more: A Swedish institution wants to kick-start Italy’s floating offshore upwind marketplace with its dual tilted turbines

Photo: MingYang Smart Energy

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