2-B Energy strikes deal to site two wind turbines in Scotland

Dutch wind turbine designer 2-B Energy has struck a deal with development agency Scottish Enterprise to erect a pair of its distinctive two-bladed machines at the Fife Energy Park at Methil.

The tie-up is targeting commercialisation of 2-B’s concept by the end of 2014, coinciding with the construction of landmark offshore test and demonstration facilities in Scotland.

2-B’s concept uses a design suited to a 6MW wind turbine, with a rotor diameter of 140-metres, mounted on a full-lattice structure that stretches from nacelle to seabed.

Engineered to need “significantly fewer” components over the lifetime of the turbine offshore, 2-B claims its concept will have the potential to slash construction, operation and maintenance costs by some 45%.

“2-B Energy is developing an innovative and exciting offshore wind turbine which has great potential to reduce costs for clean energy generators across Europe,” says Scotland’s first minister Alex Salmond.

“This strategic agreement with our enterprise agency is another important development for Scotland’s burgeoning offshore renewables industry.”

The Aberdeen-based Scottish European Green Energy Centre (SEGEC) supported 2-B’s application for European funding, through the EU Framework Programme 7, for development of the company’s technology and offshore demonstrator in Scotland.

The deal means 2-B has stepped up its ambitions at the Scottish Enterprise-owned Fife Energy Park from installation of a single nearshore unit to two turbines offshore “in a broader project”.

2-B chief operating officer Mikael Jakobsson adds: “We have reached an exciting point in the development of our company and technology. We could envision that this partnership and the support from SEGEC will help open up further opportunities for growth options of our business in Scotland.”