Expected to supply clean electricity to 230,000 homes in the UK, the wind turbine at the Burbo Extension offshore wind farm is another respected addition to the changing green world. Wind energy has been around for quite some time, but its popularity is growing around the world.
What could be better than one powerful wind turbine? Thirty-two 8 MW wind turbines expected to be constructed at the wind farm site in England. At the end of the project, the Burbo Bank Extension will have a capacity of 258 MW. Should scientists develop better ways of salvaging and storing the energy generated by wind turbines subject to variability, these important tweaks could lower energy cost and increase world performance.
Claus Bøjle Møller, Project Director at DONG Energy, commented,
“The installation of this world-first technology shows that DONG Energy is leading the way in offshore wind energy. By using bigger turbines, we’re able to bring down the cost of providing clean, renewable energy to homes around the UK. This first turbine is a significant achievement for the project, and we’re looking forward to producing the first green energy later this year.”
There’s a reason the V164-8.0 MW wind turbines, produced by Vestas, are deemed the largest in the world. The project is 195 meters, or about 640 feet tall.
It must be realized that wind energy is not the catch-all for fixing the environment, and so should be recognized for having its pitfalls, but still deserves recognition as a strong contributor to a healthier world.
As Samuel Leupold, Executive Vice President in DONG Energy, explained, “The performance of the 8 MW turbine from Vestas is very promising.”