Offshore wind energy records tumble in the UK
In September last year, the world’s biggest offshore wind farm was opened. Located off the UK’s Cumbrian coast in the Irish Sea, it has an area of about 175 square kilometres, a capacity of 659 megawatts – enough to power 590,000 homes.
It was a short-lived record as the Hornsea One wind farm, off the Yorkshire coast, comes on line this month. As reported by The Guardian, when completed, it will cover an area of 407 square kilometres, a capacity of 1.2 GW which is enough to power over 1 million homes. For the first phase, 7 MW turbines are being used which are taller than London’s 180 meter high ‘gherkin’ building.
Offshore wind farms provide nearly one tenth of UK’s electricity
This graph was produced before the Hornsea One came on line.