Renewable energy is slowly increasing its piece of the pie in terms of supplying energy. Solar power, Tidal power, and Wind power are all being harnessed to create energy from non-carbon and non-nuclear sources. Offshore wind farming has taken off in many countries. The United Kingdom has played their part in helping to create a cleaner powered Europe by building a series of offshore wind farms off the coast of Grimsby. Not only has Britain as whole made leaps in the clean energy sector but also its individual countries such as Scotland have added their support.
Britain & Offshore Wind Farms
Britain opened the biggest offshore wind farm in the world in mid-2013. It was opened by David Cameron the Prime minister at the time. The project was developed by industry leaders such as E.ON, Dong Energy, and Abu Dhabi’s Masdar. The project cost 1.5 billion pounds and places Britain at the top of the offshore wind farm table. No other country at the time had invested such amount into wind technology. The farm was built 12 miles offshore in relatively calm seas and contained just fewer than two hundred turbines. The project has been so successful that the Government is planning to build a mammoth sized version further off the coast of Grimsby. The new project, dubbed Project One, will have turbines that are taller than the Gherkin building in London. The project will allow the creation of 1.2 Gigawatts of power that could be used to power over a million homes. The project will also create over two thousand jobs and will be a much needed boost to the post-Brexit economy.
The Rest Of The World
Whilst Britain is leading in terms of offshore investment, it was Denmark who first pioneered the use of offshore wind power. In 1991 Denmark built their first turbine. It was not the first time that wind energy had been harnessed. It is easy to forget that over two thousand years ago humans were using windmills to pump water and grind grain. The United States are also starting to unveil plans though their ‘Start Smart’ imitative to utilise their many shallow coastal waters in an attempt to power coastal cities entirely from wind energy. Offshore wind farms are more useful than land based farms as wind tends to be more powerful in across the water. The wind is also more uniform and constant meaning the energy supply to homes can be consistent and doesn’t vary too much with the changing seasons. China is a world leader in wind power. Like Britain, China is rapidly improving its renewable energy sources. Britain was the leader in 2013 but as of 2015 China has become the undisputed leader in power generated from wind farms.
Wind farm technology is receiving increasingly more funding and is advancing linearly. Similarly, Solar panel technology is advancing and the dream of a neutral carbon future world is slowly becoming more visible on the horizon. However, there is still a long way to go for clean energy to even be considered as an equal to its alternatives. A lot more countries need to follow Britain’s lead in trying to prevent Global Warming.