The world’s largest wind turbines are now spinning at the Burbo Bank Wind Farm in the UK.
Just one of these wind turbines (MHI Vestas V164) produces 8MW, more than the entire first offshore wind farm constructed by DONG some 25 years ago in Denmark, and enough energy to power 230,000 homes.
DONG Energy Chief Executive Officer, Henrik Poulsen said: “Burbo Bank Extension showcases the rapid innovation in the offshore wind industry. Less than ten years ago at Burbo Bank, we were the first to install Siemens 3.6MW wind turbines and in this short time, the wind turbines have more than doubled in capacity.”
“Pushing innovation in this way reduces the cost of electricity from offshore wind and will help to advance the offshore wind industry across the world.”
“The project has also helped to develop the UK supply chain. It’s the first offshore wind farm to use UK manufactured blades and the order for transition pieces was the first for Teesside factory Offshore Structures Britain.”
The wind farm is a joint venture between DONG Energy (50%), PKA (25%) and KIRKBI A/S, parent company of the LEGO Group (25%).
PKA CEO, Peter Damgaard Jensen said: “Since our first investment in an offshore wind farm in 2011, PKA has focused its strategy on investing in renewables and divesting from coal and oil companies. Today, PKA has invested in four offshore wind farms that provide renewable energy to around a million households. We’re proud to be able to provide a good return to the pension savers and at the same time make a positive difference.”
CEO of the LEGO Group, Bali Padda said : “We want to make a positive impact on the planet that children will inherit, and we’ve set an ambitious goal of balancing our energy use with production of renewable energy by 2020. With the inauguration of the Burbo Bank Extension Wind Farm, we’ve now reached this goal three years ahead of our target. We’ll continue to invest in renewables and we hope to inspire the future development of renewable energy to ensure a positive impact on the world for the builders of tomorrow.”