Despite Donald Trump’s lawsuit to halt the project, the Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm delivered its first power to the UK National Grid this week. Mr. Trump opposed the wind farm due to the fact he was concerned it would be seen from a golf resort he owns.
The groundbreaking European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre developed by Swedish energy group Vattenfall in waters off the coast of Scotland has delivered its first power to the UK National Grid this week, marking yet another landmark moment for the offshore wind industry. The 92.4 megawatt (MW) European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC), also known as the Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm, has undergone more ups and downs than most offshore wind developments, thanks in no small part to the man who is now President of the United States, Donald Trump. Located close to Trump International Golf Club, the offshore wind farm was deemed to be a potential eyesore by the once-real estate magnate, and it wasn’t until late 2015 that Trump finally lost the right to halt the project’s development in the UK Supreme Court. Since then, however, the project has moved forward, step by step, to become what will be one of the world’s leading test sites for the offshore wind industry. MHI Vestas was confirmed as the wind turbine supplier back in September of 2016 , and in April just past, the company announced that the world’s (currently) most powerful wind turbines had been installed at the site […]