London Array, the world’s largest wind farm turns two years old this month. The project located 20km off the Kent coast in the UK, is backed by E.ON (30% share), Dong Energy (25% share), La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (25% share), and Masdar (20% share).
The wind farm is made up of 175 wind turbines with a capacity of 630MW. Since it’s operation, London Array has generated over 5 terrawatt hours of wind energy and offset more than 2 million tonnes of CO2 emissions.
According to its website, the London Array wind farm has also seen the following highlights over the last two years:
- A formal inauguration by Prime Minister David Cameron
- Achieving 1.5TWh during the first full winter of generation
- Returning £459m to shareholders from the sale of its transmission assets
- Appearing as NASA’s Image of the Day
The wind farm is located on 100 sq km of land, and required 60 sea vessels and 1,000 people at the time of installation and construction. Each wind turbine is designed to run 24/7 for over 20 years.
Chief executive officer of Masdar, Dr Ahmad Belhoul said: “As the largest operating offshore wind farm, the London Array has helped lead the way for the global renewable energy sector.”
“London Array’s performance over the past two years is a powerful example of renewable energy’s emergence as a cost-effective means to deliver clean power to millions of citizens — no longer are renewables an expensive alternative power for the few.”
General Manager of London Array, Jonathan Duffy said: “As the largest operational offshore wind farm in the world, London Array is making a substantial contribution to helping the UK meet its renewable energy targets as well as supplying a new, domestic source of power.”
“However, although the scale of the wind farm is important, so is its performance. Intelligent, targeted maintenance is key to ensuring the turbines are available to capitalise on the wind and to produce power efficiently.
“Our team of technicians has managed to keep average availability at well over 95 per cent, which is an admirable achievement.”