World's biggest offshore wind farm officially opens in UK (175 turbines, 630MW)

London Array wind farm
© London Array

Phase II could add an extra 240MW

That's it. After years and years, it's finally officially done. Phase I of the London Array, the world's biggest offshore wind farm with its 175 Siemens 3.6MW turbines rated at a combined capacity of 630MW, enough to power half a million UK homes, is officially open. Even british prime minister David Cameron was at the ceremony. Since construction began in 2009, a lot of teamwork was involved: Over 75 organisations have helped to build London Array with over 6,700 individuals involved.

London Array wind farm David Cameron© London Array

London Array is located around 20km off the coasts of Kent and Essex on a 100 sq/km site.

After some more studies are done on potential impacts to wildlife, a phase II could be built, adding 240 extra megawatts of capacity to the offshore wind farm.

London Array wind farm© London Array

The UK targets 16GW of offshore wind power by 2020, a huge increase from the 3.3GW of installed capacity that they have now, so we should see a lot more projects like this one pop up.

London Array wind farm© London Array

We've written about the London Array many times before. It, in fact, started producing some electricity last year.

Via London Array

See also: The Seychelles islands get their first wind farm (6MW) to replace dirty diesel generators

World's biggest offshore wind farm officially opens in UK (175 turbines, 630MW)
That's it. After years and years, it's finally officially done. Phase I of the London Array, the world's biggest offshore wind farm with its 175 Siemens 3.6MW turbines rated at a combined capacity of 630MW, is officially open.

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