Staggering statistics as giant wind turbines power up

24th May 2017

Picture credit DONG Energy

Offshore renewable energy seems to be full of milestones at the moment as the pace of construction and technology gathers momentum.

But the first commercial deployment of 8MW Vestas turbines on Dong Energy’s Burbo Bank Extension off Liverpool Bay seems a real quantum leap.

And one amazing statistic really sums up the progress our relatively young industry is making: One rotation of each giant turbine produces enough electricity to power a home for 29 hours. Amazing.

The generators are more than twice as powerful as the 3.6MW ones used on the first phase and are now becoming the industry standard – and each one is more powerful than the whole of the world’s first offshore windfarm built at Vindeby, Denmark 25 years ago.

Dong chief executive Henrik Poulsen says the 32-turbine project shows the rapid innovation in sector and how innovation is reducing the cost of offshore wind power to help its growth across the world.

Especially pleasing in that the project is mainly “made in UK” with home-grown blades, transition pieces and assembly.

That is the message SCORE will be taking to the Offshore Wind Energy event in London on June 6-8 – the biggest of its kind in the world.

We will have a presence at the East of England Energy Zone stand and are keen to meet as many people from the supply chain as possible to share our optimism about this exciting industry as it moves up a gear and shows its potential as a global generator of affordable green power. Do come and see us on stand S-L20.

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