World’s biggest offshore windfarm opened today

23 Sep
Middelgrunden offshore wind farm (40 MW) obser...

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Today was the official opening of the world’s biggest offshore wind farm.   The wind farm off the coast of Kent has over 100 turbines which can generate enough power for 200,000 homes.

Thanet will not keep the “world’s biggest” accolade for long though. Guests were already speculating about the next major offshore launch they might be invited to. Just up the coast is the Greater Gabbard offshore project with its 140 turbines, which will be followed by the even bigger London Array scheme in the Thames Estuary. When completed, this could generate 1000MW.

Renewables UK, the industry lobby group, declared that the Thanet development meant that renewable energy had now become “absolutely mainstream” in the UK. It added that targets to more than triple electricity from clean sources by the end of this decade were now “realistic and achievable”.


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