World’s largest offshore wind farm opens in UK
September 23, 2010
London, England (CNN) — The world’s largest offshore wind farm opened Thursday off the British coast, with 100 wind turbines capable of supplying enough electricity for 200,000 homes a year. The farm, off the coast of Kent in southern England, is part of a major renewable energy initiative spearheaded by the previous British government. Swedish energy company Vattenfall will operate the farm after having invested around 880 million pounds ($1.38 billion).
British waters are an attractive place for wind farm operators because they are so windy. As an example, an offshore turbine around Britain is estimated to produce 50-percent more power than a similar one in Germany. Of the 16 offshore wind farms now under construction around Europe, half are in Britain, according to the European OffShore Wind Industry.
In total, wind can supply energy to nearly 3 million British homes, according to RenewableUK, a trade group for the wind and marine renewables industry. Read more