Finland inaugurates its first offshore wind farm „Tahkoluoto”
At the beginning of September the Finnish wind power producer Suomen Hyotytuuli Oy announced the inauguration of the Tahkoluoto offshore wind demonstration project. The 42-MW wind farm compromising 10 Siemens turbines of each 4.2 MW is the first one built off the Finnish coast.
It is the world’s first offshore wind farm developed specifically for icy weather conditions. The Tahkoluoto wind farm must work in demanding icy conditions in Tahkoluoto, in Pori, on the west coast of Finland, and has to deal with a sea that freezes, a shallow coastline, a hard seafloor, and less wind than offshore wind farms that are built in the North Sea, for example.
The offshore wind demonstration project follows the installation of a pilot turbine in 2010 and was supported by the Finnish government through an investment aid of €20 million.