A Danish wind energy giant recently announced a plan to build the world’s largest offshore wind farm near the Yorkshire coast. The Hornsea project, as it’s being called, will take up more than 400 square kilometers about 120 km off the coast, and it should be fully operational sometime in 2020. The company behind this ambitious project is DONG Energy, Denmark’s state-backed energy utility.
The Hornsea project is expected to generate 1.2GW of power once it comes online — the first wind farm in the world to exceed 1GW in capacity. The development will consist of 7MW wind turbines that stand over 190 meters (623 feet) high, the largest on the market. It’s estimated the facility will be able to power over 1 million homes in the UK.
The UK secretary of state for energy and climate change praised the plan, saying, ” The UK is the world leader in offshore wind energy and this success story is going from strength to strength. The investment shows that we are open for business and is a vote of confidence in the UK and our plan to tackle the legacy of under investment and build an energy infrastructure fit for the twenty first century.”
DONG energy has poured £6 billion (about $8.7 billion US) into wind power in the UK in recent years already, but this new project will be its biggest investment to date. The Hornsea project is expected to make some ripples in the UK economy, with an estimated 2,000 jobs needed for the construction of the facility, and another 300 positions that will be needed to actually operate it when complete. It should even help the UK meet its new climate commitments under the recent Paris accords.
Via The Guardian