Feeds

UK goes green with gassy offshore wind farm

Environmental indigestion?

High performance access to file storage

As the UK becomes only the seventh nation to have more than two GigaWatts of electricity generated by wind farms, the government has given the green (no pun intended) light to the world's first offshore combined wind and gas energy scheme.

Despite sounding like something that needs a cup of green tea to settle, we are assured that the project, sited off the Cumbrian coast, will generate up to 200MW of electricity, almost half of which will be generated by wind turbines.

The development will see 30 turbines being installed offshore, alongside a conventional gas power station that will pick up any slack when there is not enough wind to turn the turbines. It will use gas pumped in from two fields in nearby Morecambe Bay.

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) approval is still required for the pipeline from Morecambe, as planning had to be applied for separately. Pipelines and power plants fall under different legislation. The DTI notes that today's approval "does not prejudge the outcome" of the application.

Once operational, the wind farm will provide energy for around 70,000 homes, the DTI says.

The news comes just months after the DTI gave its blessing to a 341-turbine offshore wind farm, in coastal waters in Kent.

Energy minister Lord Truscott noted: "We are starting to see a real flow of approvals for energy projects in UK waters. The London Array and Thanet schemes in the Thames Estuary went through in December and the good progress continues in 2007. [This] scheme is unusual in that it will combine wind and gas power to produce continuous electricity for the region."

The project is expected to be completed in 2010, subject to planning, of course. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Elon Musk's LEAKY THRUSTER gas stalls Space Station supply run
Helium seeps from Falcon 9 first stage, delays new legs for NASA robonaut
Solar-powered aircraft unveiled for round-the-world flight
It's going to be a slow and sleepy flight for the pilots
Russian deputy PM: 'We are coming to the Moon FOREVER'
Plans to annex Earth's satellite with permanent base by 2030
LOHAN's Punch and Judy show relaunches Thursday
Weather looking good for second pop at test flights
Saturn spotted spawning new FEMTO-MOON
Icy 'Peggy' looks to be leaving the outer rings
Discovery time for 200m WONDER MATERIALS shaved from 4 MILLENNIA... to 4 years
Alloy, Alloy: Boffins in speed-classification breakthrough
India's GPS alternative launches second satellite
Closed satnav system due to have all seven birds aloft by 2016
Curiosity finds not-very-Australian-shaped rock on Mars
File under 'messianic pastries' and move on, people
Top Secret US payload launched into space successfully
Clandestine NRO spacecraft sets off on its unknown mission
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
HP ArcSight ESM solution helps Finansbank
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.