Latest News:  
Beijing   Sunny    3 / -8   City Forecast

People's Daily Online>>World

World's biggest offshore windfarm opens in Britain

(Xinhua)

09:25, February 10, 2012

LONDON, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) -- The world's largest offshore windfarm opened off the coast of Cumbria, Britain on Thursday, according to British authorities.

Britain's Department of Energy and Climate Change said in a statement that Edward Davey, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, opened the offshore windfarm near Walney in Cumbria.

With 102 turbines and a total capacity of 367.2 MW, the windfarm could provide enough power for 320,000 households.

"Britain has a lot to be proud of in our growing offshore wind sector. Our island's tremendous natural resource, our research base and a proud history of engineering make this the number one destination for investment in offshore wind," said Davey.

"And Walney is the newest, biggest and fastest-built jewel in that crown, providing clean power for hundreds of thousands of households," he said.

Statistics show that Britain has more than 1.5 gigawatts(GW) of installed offshore wind power, and is planning to raise its capacity to 18 GW by 2020.

As many as 70,000 people could be employed in the British offshore wind industry by the start of the next decade.

Email|Print|Comments(Editor:张茜)

Related Reading

Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name

  

Selections for you


  1. President Hu meets with Canadian PM

  2. Hot Air Balloons festival

  3. Wind power capacity to 62.7 gigawatts

  4. Italian Mount Etna volcano erupts

Most Popular

Opinions

  1. Practical guarantee for lasting peace
  2. Why China vetoes UN draft resolution for Syria issue
  3. Syria becomes focus of struggle among big powers
  4. Preventing UNSC from becoming a rubber stamp
  5. Drums of war beating again in Middle East
  6. American society at crossroads
  7. Values are thin excuses to start new wars
  8. Li Ning to lower costs, improve effeciency
  9. EU cannot act as sole toll bearer of the skies
  10. Avoiding civil war in Syria

What's happening in China

Heze's enterprises face presure of labor shortage in Shandong Province

  1. China vows to promote quality in development
  2. 55 rescued from snow-hit Tibet highway
  3. 5.3-magnitude quake hits Xinjiang
  4. Chongqing paper hails its police force competence
  5. Most provinces raise minimum wage in 2011

PD Online Data

  1. Spring Festival
  2. Chinese ethnic odyssey
  3. Yangge in Shaanxi
  4. Gaoqiao in Northern China
  5. The drum dance in Ansai