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An offshore wind farm with the ability to ‘power one million households’ is fully up and running

An offshore wind farm with the ability to ‘power one million households’ is fully up and running

The Borssele 1&2 offshore wind farm is positioned in waters off the coast of Zeeland, the Netherlands.


A significant offshore wind farm within the Netherlands is now absolutely operational, with its house owners, Danish vitality agency Orsted, claiming it gives sufficient inexperienced electrical energy to energy a million households.

Located 23 kilometers (round 14.3 miles) off the coast of Zeeland, within the southwest of the Netherlands, the 752 megawatt (MW) Borssele 1 & 2 offshore wind farm spans an space of 112 sq. kilometers. It makes use of 94 wind generators from Siemens Gamesa.

In an announcement Friday, Orsted described the ability because the second-largest working offshore wind farm on this planet. The most important, Hornsea One, has a capability of 1.2 gigawatts (GW) and was additionally developed by Orsted.

Information of Borssele 1 & 2’s commissioning is the most recent instance of European nations embracing offshore wind and comes after the European Union stated it needed to extend its offshore wind capability from 12 to 300 GW by 2050.

The “Offshore Renewable Vitality Technique” from the European Fee, the EU’s government arm, additionally goals for 40 GW of ocean vitality comparable to tidal and wave energy throughout the identical timeframe.

A variety of main offshore wind initiatives positioned in European waters at the moment are within the pipeline. These embrace the Dogger Financial institution Wind Farm in Britain, which left the EU in January 2020.

A 50:50 three way partnership between SSE Renewables and Equinor, the Dogger Financial institution facility may have a complete capability of three.6 GW as soon as accomplished, making it the most important on this planet.

On the finish of final week, it was introduced {that a} deal to fund the primary two phases of the mission had been accomplished. In keeping with SSE, funding for Dogger Financial institution A and B will quantity to roughly £6 billion (round $8 billion).

Whereas Europe is now residence to a mature offshore wind sector, the one within the U.S. remains to be comparatively new.

The nation’s first offshore wind farm – the 30 MW, five-turbine Block Island Wind Farm, which can also be operated by Orsted – solely began business operations on the finish of 2016.

The subsequent few years may see the sector develop, nonetheless, with corporations beginning to make investments massive quantities of cash in schemes positioned off the East Coast. 

Again in September, as an illustration, oil and fuel big BP took 50% stakes in Equinor’s Empire Wind and Beacon Wind initiatives, that are positioned off the coasts of New York State and Massachusetts respectively.


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