A UK wind farm using the world’s most powerful offshore wind turbines to generate power will generate power for 230,000 homes. Dong Energy’s Burbo Bank Extension wind farm, off Liverpool Bay, is the first time the huge MHI Vestas turbines have been deployed commercially. Each 8mw (megawatt) turbine is 195 metres tall, higher than London’s Gherkin tower, with blades that are 80 metres long, and one rotation produces enough electricity to power a home for 29 hours. The scheme’s backers say the project has helped develop the UK supply chain, with blades designed and made in the Isle of Wight and transition pieces that link turbine towers to foundations made in Teesside, while assembly took place in Belfast. Dong Energy said just one of the turbines produces more energy than the whole of Vindeby, the world’s first offshore wind farm which the company constructed 25 years ago in Denmark.
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