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Published on July 23rd, 2012 | by Nicholas Brown


1,800 MW of Offshore Wind Turbines Will be Supplied to UK

July 23rd, 2012 by  

Germany’s Siemens is to supply 300 turbines to the United Kingdom, with each of the turbines totaling 6 MW of capacity. In total, that will come to 1,800 MW of power generation capacity.

Middelgrunden Wind Farm by Kim Hansen

The wind turbines used are of the SWT-6.0-154 direct-drive type. Direct-drive means that the blades don’t turn a gear, which would then turn another gear. It utilizes no gears and thus provides the benefit of reliability and mechanical simplicity.

It does, however, come with the consequence of the internal generator being forced to turn at the same low speed that the turbine blades turn at. Offshore wind turbines are often direct-drive because the cost to maintain turbines that are located far offshore is quite high.

“Offshore wind energy has huge potential,” said Michael Suess, a member of the Managing Board at Siemens AG and CEO of the Energy Sector. “Offshore wind conditions are strong and stable enabling an energy yield which can be about 40 percent higher than onshore. The United Kingdom, Denmark and Germany in particular are counting on the future of offshore wind energy. We are pleased that our long-term customer DONG Energy has chosen the latest generation of our wind turbines. Together we are working to further reduce the levelized costs for this environmentally friendly form of power generation.”

Offshore wind farms can generate the greatest and most consistent power supply compared to other wind farms, because offshore winds are stronger and more consistent.

Offshore wind power is more expensive than onshore, but the offshore wind industry is still young and learning.

They will continue to innovate.

Source: Siemens



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  • 1800 MW of clean, radioactive waste free, renewable, perpetual, eternal, power  Will this be used in sane fashion, or will it spur Brits on in the unsustainable American dream model? Time now for Swedish styled composting toilets to preserve drinking water, and keep its sources clean, time now for super-insulation homes of modest size, Straw Bale, or hemp-Crete block, easy to build homes? Electric bikes, trikes, and utilitarian electric vehicles? The “American dream” was based on the amazing “Cheap Oil Era” in the U.S. and that era is clearly over now, time to get back to reality folks!

    • Bob_Wallace

      What’s the “American dream”?

      A comfortable home, the ability to travel around, good food on the table, some toys. That seems to me to be what most Americans aspire to.

      A few take it to excess. We make TV shows about them. But most of us don’t own monster trucks and wrestle alligators.

      As long as we build using sustainable materials and power ourselves with renewable energy we can live the dream.

    • I am in support of wind power, but throwing this out there, the perpetual and eternal, isn’t factual. The turbines will eventually stop working, as do most power plants…. 

    • Also, I would like to mention Most Canadian homes have far greater insulation than anywhere else in Europe. Colder climates require the isolation during winter months. Also, easy to build homes may not be the option. Well built homes are. Also, with populations dense buildings are the eventuality. We can fit 400 people within 10000 square feet of area (building up). Oppose to five  within 3000?

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