Often lauded as one of the most economic ways to gather energy, wind energy is set for a further boost after the grand unveiling of the world’s largest offshore wind turbine in Scotland.
As the fossil fuel resources appearing to be rapidly dwindling now and in the coming years, alternative forms of energy are coming to the forefront. Along with solar, wind energy could be the most viable solution for the future.
This has been backed up by the production of a gigantic turbine being optioned for operational usage later in the year by the Korean firm Samsung Heavy Industries who have invested a hefty £70 million into the project.
Not one to do things by halves, the company are due to break the record for the world’s large turbine with information released stating that the construction will measure in at an astonishing 196 metres above the sea at its blade tips.
All of this is pointing towards a positive future for the sector as well as Scotland as a whole. Up to 500 jobs are set to be created with power being sourced to as many as 4800 homes. Considering the toils of the nation since the worldwide financial slump hit, this could very well be the first big step on the road to recovery.
This was echoed by Maggie McGinlay of Scottish Enterprise who said, “"The development of the SHI turbine in Fife is testament to Scotland's growing reputation as a global centre of expertise for the next generation of offshore wind energy technologies.
"This, along with planned investment from other key players such as Areva and Gamesa, is helping to create a potential manufacturing hub on the east coast, which would lead to significant opportunities for our supply chain companies.”
The ground-breaking scheme has been met with plenty of positive reactions with particular regards to the First Minister Alex Salmond who has levied that Scotland runs completely by renewable energy by 2020.
With that being quite the possibility depending on the success of this initiative, there could be a bright future for Scotland and wind energy itself.