Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Clean Power

2.2-GW Wind Farm Proposed for Irish Sea

Sign up for daily news updates from CleanTechnica on email. Or follow us on Google News!


A massive wind farm with up to 440 turbines has been proposed for the Irish Sea in a joint project between a Danish energy company and Centrica, an integrated energy company working in the UK and North America.

The initial proposal for the huge wind farm has been submitted to the National Infrastructure Planning branch of the UK government.

Called Rhiannon Wind Farm Limited, it is the first offshore wind facility to be proposed for the Irish Sea Zone. The proposed site location is about thirty kilometers southeast of the Isle of Man. (This island is about 100 kilometers from Belfast.)

The full wind power potential of the Irish Sea Zone has been estimated to be 4.2 GW — two more gigawatts than the current proposed project, even though it is enormous.



One criticism of the site’s location is that, if constructed, the wind power installation might disrupt ferry routes. However, project representatives will meet with the appropriate travel administrators to address these concerns.

One advantage of locating wind turbines offshore is that their operation noise is typically far away from people, so it isn’t bothersome and there are fewer NIMBYs.

Some say the vibration of the turbines can bother fish, but so far this impact seems negligible, though it probably requires more research. In some cases, the addition of turbines has encouraged biodiversity on the sea floor where they are located.

The UK government has intended to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions by 80% by the year 2050, compared with levels from 1990. The transition to clean energy sources has been estimated to have the potential to generate business opportunities worth around $100 billion and possibly create 500,000 jobs.

Image Credit: Public Domain, Wiki Commons

Have a tip for CleanTechnica? Want to advertise? Want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.

EV Obsession Daily!

I don't like paywalls. You don't like paywalls. Who likes paywalls? Here at CleanTechnica, we implemented a limited paywall for a while, but it always felt wrong — and it was always tough to decide what we should put behind there. In theory, your most exclusive and best content goes behind a paywall. But then fewer people read it!! So, we've decided to completely nix paywalls here at CleanTechnica. But...
Like other media companies, we need reader support! If you support us, please chip in a bit monthly to help our team write, edit, and publish 15 cleantech stories a day!
Thank you!

Tesla Sales in 2023, 2024, and 2030

CleanTechnica uses affiliate links. See our policy here.
Written By

Hello, I have been writing online for some time, and enjoy the outdoors. If you like, you can follow me on Twitter:


You May Also Like

Clean Power

Countries are setting records in deploying technologies such as solar power and electric vehicles (EVs), and the IEA now projects that demand for coal,...


Sign up for daily news updates from CleanTechnica on email. Or follow us on Google News! When it comes to cleaning up transportation emissions,...


I am betting on collective sanity, rational behavior of governments, and funding getting into the right hands as opposed to into the hands of...

Autonomous Vehicles

Newly released data indicates that the latest electric medium duty and heavy duty trucks are increasingly ready to handle a lot of North America’s...

Copyright © 2023 CleanTechnica. The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by and do not necessarily represent the views of CleanTechnica, its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.