The largest offshore wind farm in the world, still under construction, has reached a major milestone by generating its first batch of power.
The Dogger Bank farm, in the North Sea, has been connected to the UK’s national grid on October 7. Its first wind turbine, of the planned 227, is now supplying homes and businesses with renewable power.
Here’s how the 1st of our 277 @GErenewables turbines were installed ahead of our power generation milestone
This marks 1st ever installation and energisation of 260m Haliade-X 13MW turbine that can power a home for 2 days with 1 rotation@sserenewables @Equinor @jandenulgroup pic.twitter.com/qdbzkDmRLu
— Dogger Bank Wind Farm (@DoggerBankWind) October 10, 2023
So how much clean energy are we talking about? According to Dogger Bank, a single rotation of their first, 260-meter-tall turbine can produce “enough clean energy to power an average home for two days.”
Once completed and fully operational, which is expected to happen in 2026, the Dogger Bank wind farm will cover an area the size of Greater London.
With the capacity to produce 3.6 gigawatts of power, enough to power six million homes annually, the wind farm is expected to supply 5% of the UK’s electricity demand.
— Dogger Bank Wind Farm (@DoggerBankWind) October 11, 2023
This would “deliver yearly CO2 savings equivalent to removing 1.5 million cars from the road,” the organization writes. It would also be over two and a half times more energy than can be produced by Hornsea 2, currently the world’s biggest wind farm with 165 turbines.
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“Dogger Bank will provide a significant boost to UK energy security, affordability and leadership in tackling climate change,” said Alistair Phillips-Davies, Chief Executive of SSE (the project’s lead developer), adding:
“This is exactly how we should be responding to the energy crisis.”
Dogger Bank wind farm is expected to generate clean energy for 35 years and will be operated and maintained by almost 400 employees.
Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed here by the authors are their own, not those of Impakter.com — In the Featured Photo: A Dogger Bank wind turbine. Featured Photo Credit: Dogger Bank.