17 May World’s largest offshore wind turbines go live in UK
Danish energy company Dong Energy has officially unveiled its giant Burbo Bank wind farm off the Northwest coast of the UK, which is home to the largest wind turbines in the world.
The large-scale offshore facility has just begun generating electricity in Liverpool Bay from a fleet of 32 turbines standing at 195 metres tall, each producing 8MW of renewable energy.
In comparison, the mega-turbines tower above national attractions such as the 135 metres London Eye and the 180 metres tall Gherkin skyscraper.
Furthermore, each turbine has twice the power capacity of the turbines in the neighbouring Burbo Bank wind farm, completed a decade ago.
“That shows you something about the scale-up of the industry, the scale-up of the technology,” said Benjamin Sykes, the country manager for Dong Energy UK.
Sykes added that the opening of the Burbo Bank wind firm was a very important milestone for sector, and is set to solidify the UK’s position as a global leader in the technology of generating renewable energy.
The UK has installed more offshore wind power than any other nation in the world, with a collective capacity of 5.3GW and eight further projects in the pipeline.