It seems we are witnessing ever-increasing transition to a green and viable energy path.
The latest news from this field refers to the planned artificial island from the east coast of Yorkshire that could soon manage the largest coastal wind farm in the world. This ambitious venture could begin work in 2027.
An island area of 5 to 6 square miles will be surrounded by wind power plants in the center of the North Sea. The area that is otherwise known as Dogger Bank is 125 km from the coast of Great Britain. Most importantly – it is sufficiently shallow to support the work of a thousand turbines that will have to be connected to the sea bottom.
Behind the whole project is the organization TenneT, a transmission system operator that serves the Dutch power grid. Although the company will finance the construction of the island, which is expected to stand at $ 1.5 billion, turbines will still have to build wind farms.
Although all sounds somewhat futuristic, experts argue that it is logical that it is increasingly expensive and harder to find wind turbines with sufficiently convenient locations.
"It's of great importance for the industry to continue with cost cutting," said Rob van der Hage, TenneT's manager. "The great challenges we face as we approach the 2030s and 2050s are that the development of land-based wind farms prevents the local opposition, and that the sites close to the coast are almost complete. It is logical that we then consider the far-off coastal areas. "
When built, a power plant extending over 6,000 square kilometers will drive renewable energy to five countries: the Netherlands, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Denmark and Germany.
If everything goes according to plan, the power plant will produce incredible 30 gigabytes of energy. It would be about double the amount of energy produced by the current coastline wind farms in Europe and about 48 times the amount that is being produced by the London Array.
Transferring this power from the middle of the sea should be expensive, but artificial energy comes in there. According to the suggestions, accessible and short cables will send wind power to the island where they will turn from alternating to AC. So cheaper for transport. When it reaches the mainland, it will then return to the alternating current.
Initially, energy will be used in the Netherlands and the UK, but will all extend to Belgium, Denmark and Germany.
Some people questioned the credibility of the project in question, claiming that the engineering challenge is too great. Not Rob van der Hage. 'Is it difficult? In the Netherlands, when we notice a part of the water we want to build islands or land at once. We've been doing this for centuries. This is not the biggest challenge, "he concluded.