This is the second day of the new decade, and the world’s largest floating wind farm is already doing its damn thing and generating electricity. Located off the coast of Portugal, the WindFloat Atlantic wind farm connected to the grid on New Year’s Eve. And this is only the first of the project’s three platforms. Once all go online, the floating wind farm will be able to produce enough energy for about 60,000 homes a year. Like many European countries (including Denmark and the UK), Portugal has been investing heavily in wind as a viable clean energy option. In 2017, wind energy made up most of the country’s renewable energy production, but hydropower overtook wind’s top spot in 2018, per the Directorate General for Energy and Geology data. However, dirty non-renewable sources still make up a significant portion of Portugal’s energy production at 44.7 percent as of 2018. More projects like this floating wind farm should help the country meet its goal to become carbon-neutral by 2050.
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The world’s largest floating wind turbine has begun generating power off the coast of Portugal. The WindFloat Atlantic project connected the first of three 8.4-megawatt MHI Vestas turbines planned for installation. The second turbine is on site for connection.
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