An installation that is set to be the world’s largest offshore wind farm has started producing electricity for the first time.
Dogger Bank Wind Farm sits in the North Sea, 130km off the coast of Yorkshire, UK. It will eventually comprise 277 turbines, each measuring 260m in height, the first of which is now transmitting power to the UK’s national grid.
Each rotation of the 107m long blades can produce enough clean energy to power an average UK home for two days. When complete in 2026, the wind farm will occupy an area almost as large as Greater London and nearly twice the size of New York City – and produce enough clean power to supply six million homes a year, according to the team behind it.
"The landmark moment demonstrates what can be achieved when policymakers, investors, industry and communities work together to achieve something remarkable."
The wind farm is a joint venture between the UK’s SSE Renewables and Norwegian firms Equinor and Vårgrønn.
Alistair Phillips-Davies, chief executive of SSE, said, “Dogger Bank will provide a significant boost to UK energy security, affordability and leadership in tackling climate change.
“It is also a landmark moment for the global offshore wind industry, with Dogger Bank demonstrating just what can be achieved when policymakers, investors, industry and communities work together to achieve something truly remarkable.
“The innovations this pioneering project has developed will also mean future developments can be built faster and more efficiently, accelerating the clean energy transition.”
Anders Opedal, chief executive of Equinor, said, “A renewable mega-project like Dogger Bank constitutes an industrial wind hub in the heart of the North Sea, playing a major role in the UK’s ambitions for offshore wind and supporting its net zero ambitions.”