Sunday, July 7, 2013

Gandering Near the London Array

As the Americans often say, "bigger is better"; however, I like the conservative, quiet nature of the British who legally can claim they have the largest offshore wind farm. It is 12 miles (20 kilometers) located in the Thames Estuary of the UK. It is really massive! Phase 1 included 175 wind turbines which outputted 630 MW of capacity, which is enough to power 1 million residential properties. Additionally, many probably do not realize that was functional back in October 2012, but now the gears and blades are fully operational for 2013. As the U.S. celebrates the 4th of July weekend (America's birthday), the UK formally inaugurated the London Array on July 4th, 2013! Note: Ownership is 50% DONG Energy, 30% UK Renewables and 20% Masdar. Turbines supplied by Siemens Wind Power (Source: Wikipedia)