Since it was inaugurated in 2009, Ørsted’s offshore wind farm Horns Rev 2, the 91 wind generators on the 35 km2-sized wind farm have generated sufficient wind energy to cowl three % of the overall Danish energy consumption.
Horns Rev 2 is positioned within the North Sea, 30 km off the Danish west coast, and was the world’s largest offshore wind farm at its inauguration in autumn 2009 with a complete manufacturing capability of 209 MW. At the time, the wind farm was anticipated to produce clear vitality similar to the annual energy consumption of 200,000 Danish households.
However, Horns Rev 2 has exceeded all expectations, explains Allan Due Overbeck, Head of Operations at Horns Rev 2:
“Since 2009, the overall energy generated by Horns Rev 2 corresponds to the annual energy consumption of greater than three million Danish households. Technically, which means that over an 11-year interval, Horns Rev 2 can doc an exceptionally excessive capability issue of approx. 50 %. This exhibits that the North Sea holds incredible wind energy potential and, given its measurement, is the proper location for offshore wind farms.”
At the identical, Horns Rev 2 was additionally the primary offshore wind farm to be positioned thus far offshore and in waters with such excessive waves. Consequently, there was appreciable give attention to high quality and logistics in designing the wind farm proper from the outset.
Therefore, the 91 wind generators are positioned in a fan formation to higher utilise the wind, and the foundations are constructed of each metal and concrete so as to have the ability to stand up to the intense situations offshore. Moreover, it was the primary time in historical past that an lodging platform was put in in reference to an offshore wind farm.
The offshore wind farm produces most electrical energy within the chilly and windy winter months when electrical energy consumption in Denmark can also be at its highest. However, the wind situations within the North Sea fluctuate significantly from month to month. The present manufacturing document was achieved in January 2014 with 135,399,000 kWh, whereas manufacturing throughout a standard winter month is approx. 90,000,000 kWh.
(Source and picture: Orsted)
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