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First floating turbine starts generating

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The world's first full-scale floating wind turbine has been built off the west coast of Norway.

The Hywind is part of a plan to move offshore wind farms far away from the coast, minimising disruption to military radar operations or the shipping industry, away from fisheries, bird life and tourism.

The project is at the beginning of a two-year test period, to see if it can stand up to the rigours of the North Sea.

Project manager Sjur Bratland of StatoilHydro explains how it works.

Shot and produced by Fiona Graham

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