UK Launched Largest Global Offshore Wind FarmOnce upon a time, the United Kingdom was the global leader in offshore wind power. It has now been overtaken by Denmark, however it would appear that it is now fighting back, as it opens the biggest ever offshore wind farm.
|The 100 turbine wind farm, off the Kent coast , has recently been launched, making it into the record books for the largest ever offshore wind farm.|
Many people would think that this is enough turbines for this windy little island, but they have been blown away (excuse the pun) by the discovery that there is another even bigger farm in the pipeline. The next farm will contain 140 turbines in the North Sea, off Suffolk coast, that is due to launch within the next year.
So, why is the UK building so many wind farms? The UK receives around 40% of Europe's wind, making it the perfect place to harness this fantastic force of nature, and turn it into carbon free electricity.
The UK government see wind power as the "power of the future" and why not? Once its set up, the carbon costs are zero, the maintance costs are very low, it uses a resource which will never run out, and when fully established, the electricity it generates is completly free.
That is why they have set a very ambitions target for 20% of the UK's power to come from the wind by 2020. The figure is currently only 2.5%, however farms like this are helping to push up that figure.
|Many people in Kent are in favour of the turbines, as they provide half of the county electricity. Furthermore, they are not taking up "useful" land, as they are built out at sea. Some residents actually say that add to the beauty of the Kent coastal landscape.|| |
|I think it is the way forward, and on a beautiful day, looking out to sea, its actually a beautiful sight.|
|Source: Kent Resident|
| ||Some hardcore facts about the farm:|
- There are 100 turbines in the farm
- The farm cost a total of £780 million
- Despite being built 12km out at sea, the farm is visible from the land
- Each turbine is 115m (380ft) height
- The turbines will hopefully power 200,000 homes
- The farm took 2 years to build
The Kent wind farm is a massive global leap forward in offshore wind power, however its tiny compared to what is coming.
Posted By: Christopher (Admin)
Date posted: 24th September 2010
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