UK Continues To Lead The Way In Offshore Wind Power
by Will Roderick
What's Going On Here?
The world’s largest offshore wind farm is now operational in the Irish Sea, consolidating the UK’s position as the world’s number one in offshore wind installation.
Not Just Bigger And More Powerful...
The Walney Extension gusts ahead of the previous record holder, the London Array, both in size and power. Its network of 87 offshore turbines covers an area of 56 square miles (roughly 20,000 football pitches!), and can power up to 590,000 homes with clean, renewable energy!
Not only is it bigger and more powerful, the new windfarm is more efficient. Large wind turbines, like these 215 metre tall ones, harness higher wind speed and generate more power than smaller ones, meaning this site only need half the amount of turbine than other sites use!
Why Do We Need Offshore Windfarms?
It’s no secret that we need to blow away fossil fuels if we are to avoid catastrophic climate change. Offshore wind farms are an ideal way to do this because they generate clean, renewable energy for consumers, whilst also causing less disruption to land owners than their onshore counterparts.
According to the project’s UK Managing Director Matthew Wright, the combination of “strong wind speeds and shallow waters” make the UK a haven for offshore wind, which currently satisfies 10% of the UK’s energy demand.
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