13 Sep '13, 10am

UK Tests Next-Generation Offshore Wind Turbines

The existing wind farm consists of two phases, Gunfleet Sands I with 30 turbines and Gunfleet Sands II with 18 turbines. The new site, Gunfleet Sands III , will see the first demonstration in UK waters of the next generation of offshore wind turbines, the energy ministry said. According to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), the two new 6 MW turbines, made by Siemens and installed by Dong Energy, have been designed to be used at sea and could significantly cut the cost of producing renewable energy from offshore wind. “Many turbines currently installed off the UK coastline are variations on turbines designed for use onshore,” DECC said in a statement. “The new generation used at Gunfleet will be more cost-effective and efficient – improving the UK’s energy security and increasing the amount of energy generated from renewables.” As the first two of their kin...

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