The prospect of an energy island in the North Sea surrounded by windfarms with the ability to power British homes has taken a step closer after National Grid, the UK energy company, revealed that it is in talks about helping to build the project – and claimed it could be done before 2030. “We are in tripartite discussions over an energy island that the UK would likely connect to,” Nicola Medalova, the company’s managing director of interconnectors, told New Scientist. She declined to name the two other parties in the talks. The scheme would involve significantly larger offshore windfarms than existing ones, which would be connected to underwater cables that would direct the energy to participating countries. As a key developer of long-distance cables – including the recent completion of the world’s longest undersea power cable, between the UK and Norway – National Grid’s potential involvement could signal a positive step towards the project becoming a reality. It could also offer a boost to Boris Johnson’s plans, announced this week, to eliminate fossil fuels from UK electricity generation by 2035.
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UK grid could have 150GW offshore wind ‘backbone’ – with radical market reforms: study. Study from government-industry body Energy Systems Catapult finds vast sea wind-powered grid ‘achievable’ for Britain but poses a ‘multi-faceted challenge’ needing the ‘right reforms’.
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GE claims record 14 MW output for prototype offshore wind turbine after 2 years of optimization. GE’s Haliade-X offshore wind prototype is operating at 14 MW in The Netherlands after several years of fine-tuning a turbine the company originally hoped would reach 12 MW.
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An offshore wind farm project by Triton Knoll has hit a major milestone, with all onshore electrical construction works now finished at the Grimsby site. Work started on the project, 32km off the Lincolnshire coast, in September 2018, and when complete is expected to generate enough electricity to meet the needs of around 800,000 homes each year.
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