APE: The world’s largest offshore wind farm is in operation outside Britain

APE: The world’s largest offshore wind farm is in operation outside Britain
APE: The world’s largest offshore wind farm is in operation outside Britain

The world’s largest offshore wind farm, a facility four times the size of the city of Liverpool, has gone into full operation off Britain’s east coast.

The Hornsea 2 wind farm, about 90 kilometers off the coast of Yorkshire, provides enough power to power around 1.3 million households, about the size of the city of Manchester, the BBC reports.

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“Britain is one of the world leaders in offshore wind energy,” said Patrick Harnett, program director of Hornsea 2, one of the offshore installations being built in the area by Orsted.

Hornsea 2 wind turbines are 200m tall (Orsted)

Indeed, the share of renewables in Britain’s energy mix has jumped from 11% a decade ago to 40% in 2011, with offshore wind accounting for most of the increase.

Hornsea 2 dethrones Hornsea 1 from the top spot in the world rankings.

Each of the 165 wind turbines it comprises is 200 meters high from sea level to the top of the 81 meter propeller.

According to Harnett, each revolution of the turbine takes six seconds and produces enough electricity to power an average household for an entire day.

Renewables, and in particular wind power, are Britain’s key weapon in achieving net zero carbon emissions from power generation by 2035.

And Hornsea 2’s lead is not expected to last long, as even larger facilities are planned in the windswept North Sea.


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