The ambition of the North Sea project promises massive quantities of renewable energy and lots of green jobs.
From the waves of the North Sea, a silent revolution is rising beyond the horizon off the North Yorkshire coast.
Hundreds of the world’s most efficient wind turbines, more than 80 miles from shore, tower into the air as construction progresses on the largest wind farm ever built.
Nearly 200 turbines, each almost as high as the Eiffel Tower, would soon soar over the underwater Doggerland, populating as wide an expanse of sea as North Yorkshire itself.
The Doggerbank Wind Farm is an engineering feat which represents a milestone in renewable energy growth. Every 2,800-ton steel framework was built to rise to the tip of each 107-meter-long blade more than 250 meters from where its heels are buried in the seabed. The large size of the turbines means that they can each produce enough energy to power 16,000 households, at a price lower than the wholesale market average price of electricity.
This offshore wind farm and others like it promise to generate a wave of renewable energy – soon required to charge vehicles, heat homes and produce green hydrogen gas for factories and transportation in large quantities.
It is a key part of the government’s strategy to build the United Kingdom. By 2050, carbon free and redefining the U.K.’s global position for the low-carbon era in an industrial revolution.
And it is already playing an important role: Storm Bella ensured on Boxing Day that more than half of the UK’s daily energy came from wind turbines for the first time.
Dogger Bank Park development is being undertaken by one of the few major renewable energy firms in the UK, SSE.
SSE will develop the wind farm in three stages in the 2020s, building on the tradition of some of the UK’s early renewable energy ventures – its origins are in Scottish hydropower. Each stage represents an investment of several million pounds, hundreds of jobs in northeastern England, and enough renewable energy to power millions of homes.
Last month, SSE chief executive Alistair Phillips-Davies revealed a £ 6 billion funding involving 29 banks and consultants to cover the cost of building the first two stages, and next year the third phase should be completed by this time.
“For SSE and all of our people, there is definitely nothing we could be prouder of right now than reaching financial close on a project that will ultimately cost £9 billion,” he said.
“It will be the world’s first and most creative offshore wind farm.
Per revolution of the rotors it will produce more energy than any other project, enough to power a house for two days.
But the incredible thing is that we’re going to do more. We’re going to see more and more [offshore wind]on the basis of the 10-point plan of the prime minister.
The proposal for a green industrial revolution by Boris Johnson is heavily dependent on offshore wind, which he wants to raise threefold to 40 GW by 2030. For two reasons, this is important. The first purpose is to quickly grow the renewable energy industry to create enough sustainable energy in the energy system to replace fossil fuels like the U.K. It is working to build a carbon-zero net economy by 2050. The second purpose is to stimulate a supply chain boom that will help push the green economic development of the UK and generate a large number of jobs in the “green collar”
Phillips-Davies gave the Prime Minister a tour of a wind turbine test facility in Blyth on a gray December day in Northumberland – just one example of the technological engineering mushrooming in some of the UK’s most embattled coastal towns thanks to the burgeoning offshore wind boom.
The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult Center employs 200 staff, including the world’s leading turbines at Dogger Bank, tasked with testing the equipment used to build offshore wind farms.
Every 100-meter rotor blade is placed through its paces in a highly reinforced, state-of-the-art test hall to guarantee that it can withstand the harsh conditions of the North Sea. This requires specially built equipment that allows the blade to “wiggle” 24 hours a day for four to six months over a 25-meter length.
We can do wind turbine operations