Scottish tested for radical offshore turbine concept

Dutch renewable energy company 2-B Energy has signed a deal with Scottish Enterprise to develop a unique two-bladed offshore wind turbine in Scotland that could reduce the cost of offshore turbines by as much as 45 per cent.

Scottish Enterprise will help to support its commercialization, and offshore test and demonstration facilities are expected to be in place by the end of 2014.

The 2-B design, which differs radically from the conventional three-bladed horizontal axis technology, significantly reduces the number of components required throughout the lifetime of the turbine.

This, the company says, will result in both lower operation and maintenance costs.

First Minister Alex Salmond described the new turbine as an "important development for Scotland's burgeoning offshore renewables industry".

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