‘World’s biggest offshore wind farm’ passes key milestone by producing first power

‘World’s biggest offshore wind farm’ passes key milestone by producing first power

Highlights:

  • Hornsea 2 is a huge ship located 89 kilometres off the United Kingdom’s east coast.
  • Hornsea 2 will, according to Orsted, become the “world’s largest operating offshore wind farm” once it is completely operational in 2022.

Danish Energy announcing a Major Milestone

The Hornsea 2 offshore wind farm has generated its first power, according to Danish energy provider Orsted, marking a crucial milestone in the facility’s development.

Hornsea 2 is a huge ship located 89 kilometres off the United Kingdom’s east coast. It will cover 462 km2 and have a capacity of more than 1.3 gigawatts, thanks to 165 Siemens Gamesa turbines. When completed, the business claims it will power “far over” 1.3 million residences.

Late Saturday night, the project generated its first power. Once fully operational in 2022, Orsted claims that Hornsea 2 will be the “world’s largest functioning offshore wind farm.” Hornsea 2 is also known as the world’s largest offshore wind farm, according to the company.

Hornsea 1, the sibling project of Hornsea 2, presently holds that honor, according to the business. “The two projects will be able to provide enough power for well over 2.3 million homes when combined,” Orsted said on Monday.

Patrick Harnett, senior project director for Hornsea 2, spoke about the proposal in a statement released accompanied by the company’s announcement. “We have the finishing line in sight as we install the remaining turbines and continue testing, commissioning, and energizing our wind farm into the New Year,” he said.

The Expansion Plan

The United Kingdom has a robust offshore wind industry that is expected to grow in the next years, with officials aiming for 40 gigawatts of capacity by 2030. By the middle of this century, the European Union, which the United Kingdom departed in January 2020, hopes to have 300 GW of offshore wind installed.

The United States has a long way to go to catch up to Europe on the other side of the Atlantic. The Block Island Wind Farm, a 30 megawatt facility off the coast of Rhode Island, was America’s first offshore wind farm, and it only started commercial operations in late 2016.

Change is on the way, and in November, the ground was broken on the “first commercial-scale offshore wind farm” in the United States.

The Departments of Energy, Interior, and Commerce announced in March that they aimed to deploy 30 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2030, to create thousands of jobs and attract billions of dollars in investment.

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