The world’s largest offshore wind project is set to deploy the world’s most powerful turbine, after the developers of the Dogger Bank wind farm today announced GE Renewable Energy has been confirmed as its preferred supplier. Dogger Bank was the biggest winner in the UK’s recent clean energy auction, with three separate 1.2GW zones securing contracts thanks to record low strike price bids of less than £40/MWh. Equinor and SSE Renewables, the companies behind the Dogger Bank Wind Farms 50:50 joint venture, said that under the new deal with GE the recently unveiled Haliade-X 12MW turbine will be deployed as part of the £9bn project. The precise number of new turbines is expected to be confirmed in due course. The use of larger turbines has proven a key factor in the industry’s successful efforts to drive down the cost of offshore wind power to a point where the latest projects are set to undercut current wholesale prices. However, the use of turbines that will be primarily manufactured in France has prompted concerns amongst trade unions and some industry insiders, who are concerned targets to boost UK content in new offshore wind projects could be undermined.
Business Green 1st Oct 2019 read more »
The largest offshore wind turbines ever built will begin powering millions of British homes using blades more than 100 metres long by the early 2020s. Each of the new mega-turbines planned for the world’s biggest offshore windfarm at Dogger Bank in the North Sea will reach 220 metres high and generate enough electricity for 16,000 homes. The turbines are almost a third more powerful than typical turbines used today, each dwarfing the size of the London Eye, and will help to reduce the cost of generating wind power.
Guardian 1st Oct 2019 read more »
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Dogger Bank Wind Farms is a 50:50 joint venture between Equinor and SSE Renewables. The overall wind farm comprises three 1.2GW projects located in the North Sea. SSE Renewables will lead the development and construction phases of Dogger Bank and Equinor will lead on operations once completed.
The National 2nd Oct 2019 read more »
Britain’s homes are set to be powered by the world’s largest wind turbines towering 853ft tall with blades that extend 351ft. The futuristic turbines will be built on Dogger Bank Wind Farms, an artificial island 130km off the coast of Yorkshire in the North Sea. The turbines will be able to power 4.5 million homes a year – the equivalent to 5 per cent of the UK’s electricity generation. Construction is set to begin in early 2020 with the first electricity to be produced in 2023. Dogger Bank is set to be the largest wind farm in the world with a combined capacity of 3.6GW.
Independent 1st Oct 2019 read more »
Labour’s Alan Whitehead argues the contrast between new offshore wind and nuclear projects has never been starker. It is sometimes difficult to detect signs of life underneath the piles of Brexit rubble, but believe me life does go on, albeit often unnoticed amidst the war of words.
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