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Great Gabbard: The World's Largest Offshore Windfarm (90 Square Miles)


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Frans
- 547 days ago - industrytap.com
Greater Gabbard Wind Farm, completed in 2012 on shallow sandbanks 14 miles off the coast of Suffolk, England, in the North Sea, boasts 140 turbines and produces 504 MW of power a year, making it the largest offshore wind farm in the world...



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Kit B. (276)
Tuesday June 18, 2013, 7:55 am

Very interesting article, we rarely think about the logistics of the installation process. I'm so glad to see this investment for the future. "Wind, baby, wind.
 

Pan Sing (0)
Tuesday June 18, 2013, 1:23 pm
nice project with effective output.

MRO Supply com.
 

Roger Garin-michaud (113)
Tuesday June 18, 2013, 5:06 pm
noted, thanks!
 

David C. (25)
Tuesday June 18, 2013, 11:49 pm
generally highly interesting: The World's Largest Offshore Windfarm ...

but the articlet is pitifully poor.
e.g. "504 MW of power a year" is meaningless; reasonable data/units would be peak and average production, measured in units of power, e.g. MW; or total energy per time, e.g. GJ or MW*h* per year.
Since the author doesn't get the most basic data correct, how serious can one take the rest ?



 

Jeanne Young (19)
Wednesday June 19, 2013, 12:16 am
Fascinating - I saw some of the earliest wind farms on land (at least in the USA) but I've never even seenpictures of the newer off shore ones
 

Danuta Watola (1215)
Wednesday June 19, 2013, 2:55 am
noted,
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Wednesday June 19, 2013, 3:19 am
Noted, thanks.
 

John Gregoire (262)
Wednesday June 19, 2013, 4:15 am
Has anyone estimated or tries to count the number of migratory birds killed by this farm during foggy conditions?
 

Nikki J. (15)
Wednesday June 19, 2013, 4:19 am
Very interesting -

 

Robert J. (61)
Wednesday June 19, 2013, 4:36 am
and now all they have to do is put wave generators anchored between each windmill then they would harness even more energy from the waves as well!!!
 

Robert J. (61)
Wednesday June 19, 2013, 4:38 am
foggy conditions = very little wind or the fog would just be blown away...
perhaps they need to have a noise sounding to scare birds away? like the sound of an eagle or hawk...
 

Gloria picchetti (300)
Wednesday June 19, 2013, 4:41 am
It's massive!
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 19, 2013, 4:52 am
Originally planned to be operational in 2011.
 

Chelsie H. (19)
Wednesday June 19, 2013, 5:19 am
Noted; thanks!
 

Fi T. (16)
Wednesday June 19, 2013, 5:22 am
Can that be seen in some more places?
 

Alison Baker (25)
Wednesday June 19, 2013, 8:16 am
Until the technology improves to protect birds & other species, these wind turbines are more damaging to the environment than other forms of human degradation.They're also a total eyesore. No one wants to look out at the horizon only to see it disrupted by oversized propellers.
 

Dan(iel)) M. (25)
Thursday June 20, 2013, 5:18 am
Interesting article. Thanks for posting. Noted.
 

Robert K. (31)
Thursday June 20, 2013, 6:19 am
Yes, they are a danger to birds, but they are far less damaging to the environment than fossil fuels, hydroelectric, manufacturing which releases carbon dioxide, methane, etc, or many other, and boo hoo, your poor little scenic sense is offended by the need for sanity. Poor little baby. Aww.
 

Michael Kirkby (86)
Thursday June 20, 2013, 9:32 am
I'm just not a big fan of wind. Go scalar wave.
 

Natasha Salgado (576)
Thursday June 20, 2013, 10:30 am
WOW!
 

Ben Oscarsito (350)
Thursday June 20, 2013, 11:39 am
I found an article from 2011:
"Massive Offshore Wind Farm Approved In UK"
http://www.care2.com/causes/massive-offshore-wind-farm-approved-in-uk.html
 

Birgit W. (152)
Thursday June 20, 2013, 3:07 pm
I wonder if the vibrations can affect ocean lives. I believe that solar energy is the way to go.
 

greenplanet e. (157)
Thursday June 20, 2013, 7:54 pm
The turbines are quite far apart, the blades are thin, and migratory birds probably don't fly so low.

Wind offshore is a good source of energy, and may be out of sight. Less of an eyesore than many coal mines, fracking, oil drilling etc.
 

Robert K. (31)
Friday June 21, 2013, 1:58 pm
My local outdoor mall has about 20 little bitty wind turbines about 2 feet across which provide all the outdoor lights with power 24/7 and don't hurt birds. Doing this everywhere could get rid of a nuclear plant or 2.

Most of the birds in the mall are seagulls, which is a bit unexpected 9 miles west of Chicago.
 
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