AkzoNobel’s market leading coatings will protect a small offshore wind farm 0.5 miles off the coast of Blyth, Northumberland, powering up to ultimately 36,000 homes with a total generation capacity of 41.5MW.
Five years before the project started, a meteorological mast was placed to gather data on the conditions and then five wind assets became operational after that. Assembly took place on the River Tyne, which points to the heritage of the area and its continued focus on developing offshore wind.
Historically, a majority of foundation structures for offshore wind are made completely with steel. However, Blyth is the first offshore wind farm globally to use float and submerge technology. This means that the wind energy assets are supported with gravity-based foundations, which are transported by floating, which therefore made it cheaper to install as it didn’t require drilling the foundations into the seabeds.
This case study is an example of how AkzoNobel connects the dots by combining its capabilities in driving sustainability, quality, and performance, with its specialised wind asset protection, and its focus on product innovation and development.