Putting the wind up

Element - - Clean Technology -

The tur­bines of the world’s largest wind farm started pro­duc­ing electricity last week. Wal­ney Wind Farm sits in the Ir­ish Sea off Cum­bria, and its 102 tur­bines will pro­duce 367 megawatts of en­ergy, enough for 320,000 homes a year. The tur­bines were in­stalled in just five months, will pro­vide around 60 jobs in its op­er­a­tions cen­tre in Bar­row-in-fur­ness. Al­most 300 wind tur­bines will be built off­shore in the UK this year adding to more than 3,500 tur­bines on land and at sea. By 2020, the in­dus­try wants 10,000 wind tur­bines on land and 4,300 off­shore to help the UK meet its tar­get to cut car­bon emis­sions in half. Mean­while the lo­ca­tion of a new £50 mil­lion cen­tre that will ac­cel­er­ate green tech­nolo­gies such as wave, wind and ti­dal was an­nounced by the Busi­ness Sec­re­tary Vince Cable. The Off­shore Re­new­able En­ergy Cat­a­pult will be head­quar­tered at the Univer­sity of Strath­clyde in Glas­gow with an op­er­a­tional cen­tre at the Na­tional Re­new­able En­ergy Cen­tre (Narec) in the North East of Eng­land. Off­shore wind tur­bines are un­likely ever to be seen in New Zealand, ow­ing to both the depth of water around the coun­try and also the qual­ity of wind that is har­vested on land.

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