Monday, 8 February 2016

1.2 gigawatt offshore wind farm

Currently the world's largest offshore wind farm has been given the go ahead in the North Sea, 75 miles east of Hull, England.

offshore wind farm

The 1.2 gigawatt (1,200,000 kilowatts) is expected to generate enough power for one million homes. Wind power is crucial for the UK, as we experience more wind in the winter when solar power is minimal.

The Danish firm Dong Energy is investing in the project, and many jobs will be created in building and delivering the energy to the national grid.


The company, which has already put £6bn into wind power in the UK, said this was its largest investment in offshore wind to date. Dong, Denmark’s state-backed energy utility, told the Guardian it expected to invest another £6bn in the UK by 2020, in a fillip to the beleaguered wind industry.

The 1.2GW Hornsea project will be made up of 7MW wind turbines, the largest generally available, each more than 190m high, which is taller than the Gherkin building in the City of London. Dong is planning to have them built at a factory in Hull owned by Siemens, the German industrial giant, but it is uncertain whether all of them will come from there.


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