It is hoped that the new generation of offshore wind turbines, which were installed as part of an extension to the Gunfleet Sands offshore windfarm, will allow for a more cost-effective operation and increase the level of energy generated from wind power.
Although the UK currently boasts a large number of offshore wind turbines, most of these are simply modified versions of onshore models.
The new turbines were created by German electronics manufacturer Siemens, and put in place by energy company DONG Energy.
Offshore wind to play key role in delivering ‘affordable bills and cleaner energy’
Speaking at the opening ceremony for the new extension, Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said: “The Coalition is driving huge new investment to deliver both affordable bills and cleaner energy for consumers. This includes an important role for offshore wind.
“Dong Energy’s Gunfleet Sands Offshore Wind Farm is an excellent and innovative example. It’s helping the country take another step towards a clean, secure energy future while helping to support local jobs.”
Public continues to back renewables
The energy secretary’s comments were made shortly after a report published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)revealed that 76% of Brits were in favour of current plans to exploit renewable energy sources.
The findings highlighted the continued support of the British public for sources of greener energy despite a recent flurry of negative press coverage relating to the merits of renewable energy generation initiatives.
According to the DECC, the UK’s offshore wind industry currently supplies energy for 2.3 million homes every year.