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Offshore Wind Farms That Produce as Much Power as a Nuclear Plant
Around the world, wind turbines are getting bigger and generating more power, now rather than being a small piece of energy production, some farms produce as much power as nuclear power plants. The Greater Gabbard and Race Bank wind farms in the waters off the U.K. generate 504 and 573 megawatts, respectively. The Gemini farm creates yet more power. "Gemini, located 53 miles off the coast of Netherlands, opened in 2017 and, according to majority owner Northland, has been meeting the annual energy needs of 1.5 million people every year since," Jason Deign writes for Green Tech Media.
Beyond the farms currently operating, there are also plans for new off-shore wind farms around the world. In China, Nanpeng Island and Shenquan are both in process and aim to produce 400 megawatts each. In Europe, “Iberdrola is hoping to follow up its East Anglia One project with two adjacent wind farms, the first with 800 megawatts of capacity and the second with 1.2 gigawatts,” Deign reports. In the United States, the Vineyard Wind Project has been delayed by recent action from the Trump administration but plans to generate 800-megawatts.