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Off the coast of Great Britain earned the world's largest wind farm

Off the coast of Cumbria, in the northwest of England,earned the world's largest wind farm. A new wind farm was launched because of fears that Britain’s exit from the European Union could negatively affect the development of the energy sector. The power of Walney Extension, the largest wind farm in the world, is 659 megawatts. The energy it produces is enough to power 590,000 homes.

The wind farm covers an area equivalent to 20,000 football fields (approximately 142 thousand m2) and operates on the basis of 87 wind turbines.

“The UK is a world leader inthe production of offshore wind power and the launch of the Walney Extension only once again proves this fact, ”commented Matthew Wright, managing director of the Danish windmill's Danish company Ørsted, UK.

“The project is fully commissioned, did not go outbeyond the calculated budget and represents another important step for Ørsted in its quest to transfer the world to renewable energy sources. ”

Although Walney Extension is currentlythe moment is the largest wind farm in the world, it cannot hold this title for a long time. In 2020, East Anglia One plans to complete the construction of another East Anglia One wind farm, with a capacity of 714 MW. ScottishPower will do the construction. Another Danish Ørsted project, the Hornsea Project One, involves the construction of a 1,200-megawatt power plant. In addition, the construction of a station with a capacity of 1800 MW is also planned off the coast of Yorkshire. The station should be operational sometime in 2022. According to experts, it will be able to power up to 1.8 million homes.

According to the latest data, wind farms generate nearly 1/10 of all UK energy consumed.

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