Gallery: World’s Biggest Offshore Wind Farm Is Activated Today

 

It seems the world has truly embraced wind power, and nowhere more so than Europe – specifically the United Kingdom. Today, the UK opens the Thanet Wind Farm, the largest offshore wind farm in the world with 100 turbines spread over 35 kilometres in the North Sea, 7.5miles off the coast of Foreness Point, Margate. The wind farm will be capable, if winds are high enough, of generating up to 300 megawatts of electricity – enough to power over 200,000 homes or a small city.

The activation of the Thanet wind farm means that the UK is the biggest offshore wind generator in the world, producing more electricity from sea-based turbines than the rest of the globe put together. According to the UK wind industry, the country’s wind farms now have a capacity of 5 gigawatts (GW) or enough power for nearly three million homes.

All EU countries are busy meeting targets of being able to generate 20% of their energy from renewable sources by 2020, and with its large coastline and windy seas, the UK is naturally building more wind farms. The government’s ‘dash for wind’ is expected to see the construction of  10,000 new turbines going up at sea and across the country over the next decade.

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4 Comments

  1. China to build the Worl... October 25, 2010 at 11:46 am

    [...] World’s Biggest Offshore Wind Farm is a fleeting thing – at the moment it is held by Thanet Wind Farm in the North Sea, but soon it could belong to Bohai Bay in China. It is not surprising that China could soon usurp [...]

  2. 200 Homes In Didcot, UK... October 11, 2010 at 10:51 am

    [...] that aimed to make utility companies use and adopt renewable energy methods. As with the UK’s installation of wind farms and other sustainable efforts, the poo-powered homes are all part of the country’s initiative [...]

  3. mrgmm September 30, 2010 at 7:02 am

    i hope to find an economical study for power generation from wind mill like : http://www.fanarco.net/plus/viewtopic.php?t=1433

  4. Trevor Lyn Whatford September 27, 2010 at 7:27 am

    Hi all,

    so who is building the 300mw backup power station for non windy days? I am not anti wind its just that I have invented a gravity assisted gear box wherein the input from gravity multiplies the output by 8 times so if you drive this gearbox with 1mw of hydraulic motors then you get 8mw out from the 8 x 1mw generators 24/7, I call it the Geo Genny and given time you see there is no need for wind I will keep you up dated on its development.

    http://www.real-free-energy.co.uk Regards Trevor

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