September 28, 2022

Ørsted says the huge offshore wind farm Hornsea 2 is fully operational

Ørsted says the huge offshore wind farm Hornsea 2 is fully operational

One of the turbines at the Hornsey 2 offshore wind farm, according to Danish energy company Orsted, the facility has a capacity of more than 1.3 gigawatts.

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A facility described by Danish energy company Orsted as the “world’s largest offshore wind farm” is now fully operational, with 165 turbines designed to help power over 1.4 million homes in the UK.

It is located about 89 kilometers (about 55 miles) off the coast of Yorkshire, England, on a large 2 Hornsey scale.

According to Ørsted, it has a capacity of more than 1.3 gigawatts and spans an area of ​​462 square kilometers — more than half the size of New York City. She added that Hornsey 2 uses Siemens Gamesa Turbines with blades measuring 81 meters or more than 265 feet.

“One revolution of the wind turbine blades can power an average home in the UK for 24 hours,” the company says.

It is the latest step forward for the Hornsea 2 project, which Her first power was born In December 2021.

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The development comes as European countries try to wean themselves off Russian fossil fuels, including gas, in the wake of the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine in February.

Duncan Clark said: “Current global events are highlighting more than ever the importance of high-profile renewable energy projects such as Hornsea 2, helping the UK increase the security and resilience of its energy supply and reduce costs for consumers by reducing dependence on expensive fossil fuels.” . Head of the UK region of Orsted.

The UK is home to a mature offshore wind sector that looks set to expand in the coming years, with authorities aiming for up to 50 gigawatts of capacity by 2030. The European Union, which the United Kingdom left in January 2020, had previously set things up 300 GW offshore wind target By the middle of this century.

Across the Atlantic, the United States has a long way to go to catch up with Europe. America’s first offshore wind facility, the 30-megawatt Block Island wind farm, Business operations just started in late 2016.

Change is coming, however, in November 2021 Earth shattered In a project dubbed “the first commercial-scale offshore wind farm in the United States.”