World’s First Floating Wind Farm Pilots The Innovative Batwind


Statoil Develops A New Battery Storage For Offshore Winds

Statoil has launched Batwind – a new battery storage solution for offshore wind energy, which will be piloted in the world’s first floating wind farm.


Statoil along with Scottish Universities and suppliers will develop the new battery storage solution.  A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed in Edinburgh on March 18 between Statoil, the Scottish Government, the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult and Scottish Enterprise.

Batwind will be piloted in the world’s first floating wind farm, the Hywind pilot park off the coast of Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.


  • It has the potential to mitigate intermittency and optimize output.
  • This can improve efficiency and lower costs for offshore wind.
  • The pilot in Scotland will provide a technological and commercial foundation for the implementation of Batwind in full-scale offshore wind farms, opening new commercial opportunities in a growing market.
  • A 1MWh lithium battery based storage pilot system will be installed in late 2018.  This equals the battery capacity of more than two million iPhones.

The pilot will be part of Hywind Scotland, an innovative offshore wind park with five floating wind turbines located 25 kilometers (15 miles) offshore Peterhead.  The wind park is currently under construction and start of electricity production is expected in late 2017.

A structured program to support and fund innovation in the battery storage area between Statoil and Scottish industry and academia will be established.  This program will be managed by ORE Catapult and Scottish Enterprise.

Stephen Bull, Statoil’s senior vice president for offshore wind, said: “Statoil has a strong position in offshore wind.  By developing innovative battery storage solutions, we can improve the value of wind energy for both Statoil and customers.  With Batwind, we can optimise the energy system from wind park to grid.  Battery storage represents a new application in our offshore wind portfolio, contributing to realising our ambition of profitable growth in this area.”

Source: Statoil


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