Equinor gives offshore wind farm new superpowers

The Norwegian oil giant has launched a new pilot project which will explore the use of renewable energy in a new way. The first step is the floating offshore wind farm Hywind in Scotland.

Photo: Øyvind Gravås / Woldcam / Equinor

A simple battery may not be enough for Batman, but it has superpower qualities for an offshore wind farm. Whether this is why Norwegian giant Equinor (formerly Statoil) has opted to call its latest update to floating wind farms Hywind, Batwind, remains a subject for speculation. However, what is certain is that this farm will be able to produce power in an entirely different way compared to many other farms.

Equinor has installed the Batwind technology on the 30 MW farm, meaning that a 1 MW battery installed on the coast near Hywind will store energy from the turbines when the wind blows, and send it out to the grid when it doesn't.

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