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The engineers responsible for maintaining the hardware at the Burbo Bank wind farm, off the North West coast of England, will need a head for heights. Standing 195 meters tall, these are the tallest wind turbines in commercial use on the planet.
The new wind farm, actually an addition to an older facility installed a decade ago, comprises 32 of the gargantuan new turbines. Each one is fitted with three 80-meter long blades, allowing it to crank out 8 megawatts of power—for a grand total of 258 megawatts from the entire installation, which went live this week. According to the Danish firm DONG Energy, which led the project, a single revolution of the blades on one turbine can power a home for 29 hours.
The U.K. is no stranger to offshore wind power. As the Guardian notes, the nation has installed more of it than any other country in the world, and it now boasts 5.3 gigawatts of such capacity. In contrast, the U.S. only recently got its first offshore wind farm. But Donald Trump has U-turned on his dislike for the technology—so maybe a take on Burbo Bank is somewhere in America’s future.
This article and images was originally posted on [New on MIT Technology Review] May 19, 2017 at 05:49AM