Dogger Bank Wind Farms is developing what is poised as the world’s largest offshore wind farm. Project officials have announced GE Renewable Energy, the Paris-based company as the preferred turbine supplier of its next-generation offshore technology, the Haliade-X turbine. The wind farm project consisting of the world’s largest wind turbines towering 853ft tall with blades that extend 351ft is all set to power Britain’s 4.5 million homes.
The futuristic turbines will be built on Dogger Bank Wind Farms, an artificial island 130km off the coast of Yorkshire in the North Sea. The turbines are almost a third more powerful than typical turbines used today and will be able to power 4.5 million homes a year, which is equivalent to 5% of the UK’s electricity generation.
The Haliade-X turbines will be connected by electricity cables to the UK, Germany, Norway, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Belgium. Meanwhile, developers have confirmed that a single turbine can power 16,000 homes. The construction will begin in early 2020 and the first electricity would be produced in 2023 and the combined capacity of the wind farm would be around 3.6GW. The project will be built in a joint venture between SSE and Norway’s Equinor and the pair is aiming to develop an industrial wind hub in the North Sea made up of three interconnected offshore windfarms using the GE Renewables’ turbines.
John Lavelle, CEO of the offshore wind project at GE Renewable Energy, reiterated that the deal with Dogger Bank would bring the world’s most powerful offshore wind turbine to the world’s largest offshore wind market. Paul Cooley of co-developer SSE Renewables said that Dogger Bank would be home to the largest offshore wind turbines in the world. He added that the pioneering low carbon technology would play a central role in helping the UK to become carbon neutral by 2050. In the context, Bjørn Ivar Bergemo, the Dogger Bank Wind Farms project director, said the turbines represented a step-change in offshore wind technology which helped the project achieve record-low support prices.
Dogger Bank Wind Farms is currently preparing for the commencement of onshore works, alongside plans to hold events for local residents and the potential supply chain.