The world’s largest wind turbine that is wider and taller than the London Eye has been installed in the Irish Sea.
Energy firm Dong Energy has installed the first of 32, 8-MW wind turbines at the Burdo Bank Extension offshore wind farm. Shipped from Belfast, the 31 remaining will be installed over the next few months, according to Reuters.
Measuring at 195 metres tall, the MHI Vestas 8-MW wind turbines are the largest in the world overtaking the turbines at Westermost Rough wind farm off the Yorkshire Coast in the North Sea, which stand at 177 metres tall with a total of six megawatts.
Burdo Bank wind farm currently have 25 smaller 3.6 MW wind turbines. With the last wind turbine expected to be in place by the first half of next year, the 258-MW wind farm is expected to produce enough electricity to power more than 230,000 U.K. homes.
Speaking to Reuters, Benj Sykes, Dong’s U.K. country manager for wind power said:
This will be the first commercial deployment of the world’s largest wind turbines. Using larger turbines is a critical part of the industry’s drive in getting costs down.
Sykes added that the more megawatts a turbine has the lower the overall cost per MW.
The wind turbine extension is part of an infrastructure agreement that was agreed this year by nine countries bordering the North Sea: Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Norway, and Sweden.
Last year, 17.7 percent of electricity came from wind power across the Irish Sea in Ireland, second only in the North Sea area to Denmark’s 30 percent.
Images from Dong Energy.