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World’s Largest Wind Farm – ONLINE

The United Kingdom – An Island Nation Serious About Cleanly Harnessing Their Natural Resources

capt.photo_1285245131338-1-0On Thursday September 23, 2010, off the coast of Kent, where the English Channel meets the North Sea in southeastern England, the world’s largest offshore wind farm went online. The Thanet Offshore Wind Farm consist of 100 wind turbines covering an area of 13.5 square miles (35 square kilometers), each turbine is 115 meters tall, generating enough electricity for 200,000 homes a year. The Swedish energy company Vattenfall which invested about 880 million pounds ($1.38 billion), operates the wind farms. The construction took just over two years and expected to operate for at least 25 years.

British waters are very windy, hence an ideal location for offshore wind farms, an offshore turbine in British waters is estimated to produce 50% more power than a similar one in Germany.

capt.photo_1285244979030-1-0According to the European OffShore Wind Industry half of the 16 offshore wind farms now under construction around Europe are in Britain. Wind can supply energy to nearly 3 million British homes, according to RenewableUK, a trade group for the wind and marine renewables industry.

Thanet Offshore Wind Farm generates 300 megawatts (MW) and pushes the UK’s installed wind power capacity above the 5 GW (Giga Watts) mark, enough electricity to power all the homes in Scotland. The farm’s nearest turbine to land is about 7.4 miles (12 kilometers) northeast of the town of Margate, far enough out that locals don’t object to the sight of the turbines offshore. Although Vattenfall said it expected a rise in tourism from people eager to see the site of the windmills in the distance.

Thanet will not remain the world’s largest operational offshore wind farm for long. Just north of the Thanet site, coming online by late 2012 or early 2013, the London Array with 341 turbines producing 1 gigawatt of power, becoming the world’s first 1 gigawatt (GW) offshore wind farm, generating enough green power for a quarter of all the homes in Greater London. (See Forced Green’s article, ‘A Green Light For Green Energy‘ )

Here’s a CNN video on the farm’s opening ceremonies:

Nearly two years ago the British were expressing public concern on how far the UK was lagging behind the rest of the world in sustainable energy goals and accomplishments ….. Well, not anymore! …… Rock on green Britannia! …….. Proud of ya!

as the green future unfolds.

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  1. lilyruth Says:

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  2. Linda Says:

    Hi lilyruth … I have returned the favor! 😀

  3. Barbara Says:

    I something on this the other day, on CNN. I just have to wonder, why it seems, that we have to take matters into our own hands, to harness more wind and solar power. It’s not like we don’t have enough to make a difference here.
    Is it just me, or does it seem like we could be focusing more on these things, here at home? Guess, I’m just getting impatient for change! 🙂 Sure good to see the Brit’s jumping on board in a big way!
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  4. Linda Says:

    Hi Barbara … I am impatient as well! I would of thought by now, we would be in the mix of things but its going too slow for me! 😀

  5. Android Says:

    The wind farm in the sea ? Never seen before !
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  6. Linda Says:

    Hi Android …. There are several sea farms out there but the Brits have theirs up and running.

  7. Keith Says:

    These are exceptional. Although it may seem to be of higher cost, it’s very helpful when it comes to saving energy. I believe this is a great move. I just hope this is not to impress the world but for others to see the benefit we can get from using this type of energy source. And they are planning to use bigger one’s? Cool. 🙂
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  8. Linda Says:

    Hi Keith … Yep! they are and the neat thing is it is ahead of the rest of non-participating countries.

  9. Lissof Says:

    Hi Linda,

    Thanks for the great post, it is always exciting to hear of a new project going on line.

    We could do a LOT more, here in the US to enhance our Renewable Energy supply. Why just the hot air our Blow Hard Politicians put out defending their position on the environment, instead of taking real action to pass the legislation necessary to support Renewable Energy would drive many a Wind Turbine.

    Perhaps I should email a link to this article to my local, county and state politicians and ask if they can justify their continued position in office, with the coming election this November.

  10. Linda Says:

    Hi Lissof … Please let everyone know that you can. I think November is going to be very interesting.

  11. Inspirational Quotes Says:

    Technological advancement is truly amazing nowadays. And output truly brings a break through on how inventive we are. This wind mill not just conquer our world but also online or the virtual world which is really great. Thanks for sharing this post, it will truly inspire others on their crafts and also on how to make some inventions that could really help the humanity.

  12. Linda Says:

    Hi Inspirational …. Onward and upward with innovations!

  13. MovingCost Says:

    I don’t think people realize the magnitude of the resource that come from offshore wind farms. This innovation is simply impressive – anything to help the environment is always helpful and welcomed. Thanks for sharing!
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  14. Linda Says:

    Hi Moving …. it is a hell of a feat those Brits have accomplished! Our hat is off to them… 😀

  15. omega seamaster Says:

    I think Denmark should reclaim the title to largest off shore wind farm, by declaring that Horns Rev 1 (160MW) and Horns Rev 2 (209MW) is actually just two phases of a larger Horns Rev wind farm 😉 .

    Anyway congrats to Britain to the progress on off shore wind energy.

  16. Linda Says:

    Hi Omega … Yep! Denmark will certainly reclaim #1 shortly.

  17. Cheap Tickets to Jamaica Says:

    I’m a homeowner and our average monthly bill is around $125 give or take $25. I’d love to install a wind turbine if it would work efficiently and cut our costs. I have no clue and would like to avoid days of research and defer to a professional if it is viable cost wise to try this project. I know there may be green grants or special financing available but again have no clue about total costs, pay back venues such as years to return investment and options for even more then one turbine. We are in a bit of a forced wind tunnel because of wall and home placement so we have abundant resources. Any heads up information would be very helpful.

  18. Linda Says:

    Hi Jamaica … There are a variety of options out there. For you the home owner, you would like one of the windspire vertical axis. Especially since you are in a wind tunnel of sorts. go to http://windspireenergy.com/purchase/how-to-purchase/ and see if this does not answer your questions.

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