The world’s largest offshore wind farm opened in the Irish Sea on Thursday, covering an area of 145 square kilometers (55 square miles). The 659-megawatt Walney Extension, located approximately 19 kilometers (12 miles) off the coast of Cumbria, England, consists of 87 turbines and is capable of generating enough renewable energy to power almost 600,000 UK homes.
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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon lauded the “huge potential” for the future of Scotland’s energy sector as she officially opened the Aberdeen Bay offshore windfarm development yesterday. Ms Sturgeon was speaking on board the Northlink Ferry as it circled the newly opened North Sea windfarm.
Also known as the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC), the £300 million wind project has been generating energy since the July 1 and boasts the world’s most powerful turbines. Swedish firm Vattenfall became sole-owner of the 11 turbine windfarm in 2016 when it bought a 25% stake from Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG), which was established in 2003 to promote green power. The first minister said: “I am proud that as part of this ground-breaking project, the world’s most powerful offshore wind turbines are now up and running in Scotland. “Projects like this deliver enormous economic benefits in terms of jobs and in terms of the support for innovation. There’s some really innovative technology used in the construction of these turbines, it’s really quite mind-boggling.”
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Yesterday the mammoth European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) was officially opened off Aberdeenshire. The facility, built by Swedish energy giant Vattenfall, is capable of powering 70% of all homes in oil capital Aberdeen. Opening the facility yesterday, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon hailed its potential, saying: “I am proud that as part of this groundbreaking project, the world’s most powerful offshore wind turbines are now up and running in Scotland. “The European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre will maintain Scotland’s reputation for innovation in low-carbon and renewable energy development and deployment. “A single rotation of one of these 8.8mw turbines will generate enough energy to power a home for 24 hours, which truly shows the potential of this technology to strengthen Scotland’s renewable energy-generating capacity in the future.”
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Nicola Sturgeon opens windfarm Donald Trump branded ‘vandalism’. Already, the £300m development is exporting the equivalent of 70 per cent of Aberdeen’s domestic electricity demand to the National Grid and has the capacity to meet the energy needs of 80,000 homes a year.
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Scotland’s leader Nicola Sturgeon launched on Friday a major renewable energy project boasting the world’s most powerful wind turbines, which she hopes will also propel the independence ambitions of her nationalist party.
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The UK offshore wind industry has today celebrated the official opening of the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) in Aberdeen Bay, which is now home to the world’s most powerful wind turbines. Just a day after developers cut the ribbon on the Walney Extension project and claimed the title of the world’s largest offshore wind farm, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon did the honours at the opening of the long-awaited EOWDC development. The 93.2MW project, which has the capacity to power the equivalent of the annual energy demand of 79,209 homes, was developed a test bed for a range of next generation offshore wind technologies. It boasts 11 MHI Vestas V164 turbines, including two of which that are rated at 8.8MW making them the most powerful turbines operating anywhere in the world. MHI Vestas CEO, Philippe Kavafyan, said the project was the result of “forward-thinking energy policy and a strong commitment to innovation”.
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