The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced that it is providing grants to three offshore wind energy companies to develop the world's largest wind turbines and to help the UK meet its 2020 renewable energy target.
The grants will go towards the installation of the world’s biggest wind turbines and production facilities for the blades, which will be over 70 metres in length and weigh over 30 tonnes. The turbines themselves will stand at 175 metres, taller than Blackpool tower!
Ed Miliband, Energy and Climate Secretary, said:
“With strong government backing, the UK is consolidating its lead in offshore wind energy. We already have more offshore wind energy than any other country, we have the biggest wind farm in the world about to start construction, and now we’ll see the biggest turbine blades in the world made here in Britain.
“Our coastline means the offshore wind industry has the potential to employ tens of thousands of workers by 2020, manufacturing, transporting, installing and operating new turbines.
“It will take an active government to get us there and the funds I’m announcing today are part of the £120 million investment we are making this year and next in the wind industry to make that happen.”
Over their lifetimes the 10 megawatt turbines will displace the use of over 2 million barrels of oil and offset the need to emit 724,000 tonnes of CO 2.
Posted under Environmental Technologies and Renewable Energy and Energy and Renewables on 25 September 2009