The world's biggest wind farm will soon be built off the UK coast
In recent years, wind power has taken second billing to solar technology in its contribution to the world’s energy supply, but the industry has been given a huge boost this week: Danish firm, Dong Energy, has announced plans to build the largest wind farm yet, located off the north-east coast of the UK in the North Sea.
Turbines standing 190 metres tall (623 feet) - higher than the iconic Gherkin building in the centre of London - will eventually provide enough power for a million homes, once the project is up and running in 2020. Set to be located some 75 miles (121 km) off the coast of Yorkshire, it will be the first offshore wind farm to exceed 1 gigawatts in capacity and will be capable of producing 1.2 GW of power at its upper limit.
“It is ground-breaking and innovative, powering more homes than any offshore wind farm currently in operation,” said Dong Energy UK country chairman, Brent Cheshire. “To have the world’s biggest ever offshore wind farm located off the Yorkshire coast is hugely significant, and highlights the vital role offshore wind will play in the UK’s need for new low-carbon energy.”