Looking back over previous issues of Total World Energy, we have featured a number of wind farm projects with large investments and power generation proposals. The Lake Turkana Project in Kenya currently stands as the country’s single largest investment in history and is set to save Kenya an estimated $178 million in fuel imports every year. With the construction of 365 wind turbines, it is on track to generate 300MW by 2016.
While 55km off the coast of Germany, the Borkum Riffgrund 1, with an upgraded capacity of 312MW, will provide electricity to over 300,000 German homes on completion. Wind farm projects are now becoming a much more viable renewable energy option with new and innovative concepts helping to make the process a more efficient and effective one – the Suction Bucket Jacket installed on the Borkum Riffgrund 1 project will help to save costs across design, fabrication, installation, all the way through to operation.
This month we look at the Westermost Rough Wind Offshore Project, currently under construction 8km north east of Withernsea in the North Sea. With a generation capacity of 210MW, the project has the potential to power 200,000 homes every year. Benj Sykes, DONG Energy Wind Power UK Country Manager said: “We are excited about the potential of this new technology and deploying the 6MW turbine on this scale. We are committed to reducing the cost of energy through the deployment of new technologies, and Westermost Rough will provide a tangible example of how we are doing just that.”
Despite the reoccurring argument that wind power is only an efficient renewable energy source when the wind blows, the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) estimated that 2014 brought a new record in wind power installations with more than 50 Gigawatt of capacity added last year. This brings the total wind power capacity close to 370 Gigawatt, contributing an estimated 5% of the global electricity demand.
“The global figures for 2014 look very bright, we are very pleased to see that wind power investment is still speeding up at an enormous pace,” Stefan Gsänger, WWEA Secretary General, explained earlier this year.
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