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Deal agreed for UK's first site for two-bladed offshore wind turbines

The Crown Estate has announced a lease deal with Forthwind Limited, a subsidiary of 2-B Energy, for the UK’s first offshore demonstration of two-bladed turbines on the seabed at Methil in Scotland.

Two-bladed designs at this scale are a major innovation for the offshore wind industry and the deployment offshore of these 6 MW turbines at Methil will be the first in the world of their kind.

2-B Energy has received grant support from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and investment by the Scottish Investment Bank to develop a full-scale onshore prototype in the Netherlands ahead of the two offshore machines planned for Methil, which are anticipated for deployment in 2016 subject to planning consent.

Huub den Rooijen, Head of Offshore Wind at The Crown Estate said: “In order to fully unlock the potential of offshore wind over the long term, it is vital that opportunities are made available to test and demonstrate innovative and emerging technology platforms to bring down costs and secure the UK’s position as a global leader in offshore wind technology.

“As such, we are pleased to have concluded an Agreement for Lease with 2-B Energy and look forward with interest

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