European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre

Also known as Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm. A hub of offshore wind innovation.

The European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre, otherwise known as Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm has deployed innovative next generation technology, installing 11 x 8.8MW turbines, paired with suction bucket jacket foundations, an industry first. First power was generated in July 2018 and the operations and maintenance (O&M) team is based at Aberdeen Harbour.

The EOWDC has been awarded up to €40million of funding from the European Union and is supported by Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG).

The European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre

EOWDC is Scotland’s largest offshore wind test and demonstration facility.

Project facts

Installed capacity 96.8 MW
Annual displace of CO2 Annually displaces over 134,000 tonnes of CO2, the equivalent of removing approx. 35,000 cars from UK roads
Average annual homes equivalent 80,000 homes
Annual investment in Community £150,000 to a Community Benefit Scheme


The project film

Learn more about the innovative Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm by watching this film.

Suction bucket jacket foundations

Suction bucket jackets form a key component of the EOWDC and underpin the facility's test and demonstration of innovation. The novel foundation type, a three-legged jacket foundation with suction buckets, support each of the 11 wind turbines. The game-changing foundations were installed in one lift, enabling faster and efficient installation.

66kV Cabling

The EOWDC is utilising cutting edge 66kV transmission and cabling, making the north east the driver of this new technology. Advancing to next generation 66kV cabling to transport the energy produced from the turbines to the onshore substation boosting power transmission, improving efficiency and reliability.

The implementation of this cabling contributes to the offshore industry's cost reductions targets, improving lifecycle costs and lowering levelised cost of electricity.

Innovation opportunities

Vattenfall and ORE Catapult formed an agreement to  give innovators the opportunity to test and demonstrate new technology in real-world operating conditions at the EOWDC.

Community benefit and partnerships

Involving the North East community throughout the development through the lifetime of the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre is a priority for us.

Our vision is that we continue to have a positive impact in the North East of Scotland. We are committed to being a good neighbour and to maximising the benefits that this innovative project brings to the area. As well as supporting local events like the Blackdog Community Gala, the project continues to support programmes in the region that are focussed on climate smarter possibilities.

Unlock our future fund

Vattenfall have committed to annually investing £150,000 in a community benefit scheme for the 20 year lifetime of the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre, in Aberdeen Bay.

The scheme will invest in projects that look to the future and clearly demonstrate all four of the criteria outlined below:

  • a legacy and lasting impact
  • contribute to a climate smarter world with sustainability at its core
  • investment in community facilities that are fit for the future and environmentally
  • sustainable
  • a benefit to the local community

Foundation Scotland

Visit Foundation Scotland's website for more information on the fund and to access the application forms and the support on offer for community groups and organisations across Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire.

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Scientific Research Programme

A €3million scientific research programme to understand the environmental impacts of offshore wind is currently being funded and facilitated at the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC).

Believed to be the largest research programme of its kind, and one which will put Scotland at the industry forefront of research and development, the programme funds in-depth scientific research and monitoring in a real-time environment.

A scientific panel, made up of specialists in the field, advised on the selection of research projects to receive funding to study the environment around the 11 wind turbine scheme.

Panel members included Vattenfall, Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group, Marine Scotland Science, Scottish Natural Heritage, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, RSPB Scotland, the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, and The Crown Estate.

Scientific research contact

For more information on the Scientific Research programme please get in touch.

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See also

Ormonde Offshore Wind Farm during construction

The wind industry is expected to generate thousands of skilled jobs across the UK.

EOWDC Scientific Research

At our wind farms a year round programme of environmental monitoring takes place.

We invest over £2.5mn into the local communities hosting our wind farm projects each year.