Clipper Windpower Marine, the UK arm of the US company is planning to build huge offshore wind turbines with blade spans that dwarf the London Eye in British waters.
The 500ft-tall turbine has a diameter of 475ft and, according to the company, it is prepared to be launched within the next two years. The giant blades of this turbine are expected to produce enough electricity to power 10,000 homes.
Dubbed, the “Britannia”, the 10 megawatt machine will mark the beginning of a “green” future in this field. “There isn’t a technical issue that screams out size limit. You have to make changes as you get bigger. Blades get floppier, for example, so you have to put more carbon in, but we aren’t anywhere near 100% carbon yet.” said Mr Grainger, who heads the Britannia design team.
This “monster” wind turbine has been assembled at Blyth, Northumberland. It includes three enormous blades, each weighing more than 30 tonnes. Besides this, the wind turbine will rise 574ft above the waves, standing on a solid foundation on the sea bed. The company has also received £5 million from the local regional development agency, One North East. Mr Grainger believes that Britannia will be able to generate much more than 10 megawatts.