The biggest offshore wind farm to date has officially opened off of the Cumbrian coast in the Irish Sea and it can control 590,000 homes. The 659-megawatt Walney Extension takes up a territory generally the measure of 20,000 soccer pitches and is made of 87 wind turbines. The wind farm started functioning today and is said to have cost 1 billion Euro.
“The UK is the global leader in offshore wind and Walney Extension showcases the industry’s incredible success story,” said Matthew Wright, the UK managing director at Ørsted, the Danish company that developed the wind farm. “The project, completed on time and within budget, also marks another important step towards Ørsted’s vision of a world that runs entirely on green energy.”
While Walney Extension may presently be the biggest offshore wind farm on the planet, it won’t be for long. Various other bigger tasks are underway including ScottishPower’s East Anglia One and Ørsted’s Hornsea Projects One and Two. It is expected that the UK’s clean economy will grow by 11 percent a year to 2030 by employing sustainable sources of energy.
East Anglia One and Hornsea Project One, which have limits of 714 megawatts and 1,200 megawatts, separately, are both booked to be operational in 2020. The 1,400-megawatt Hornsea Project Two is planned to be operational by 2022 and will be fit for fueling 1.8 million homes.
Other countries of the world are also working on offshore wind farms. Australia is effectively working on its first offshore wind farm that has won international funding. It points to an effort of the world countries to cultivate sustainable sources of energy using renewable resources, which also helps to counter global warming and climate change. Australia’s project is an $8 billion dollar investment which is sure to generate 2000 megawatt.
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