SIEMENS – Today (July 04), DONG Energy, E.ON and Masdar, marked the official inauguration of London Array, the world’s largest operational offshore wind power plant to date at an official event in Margate, Kent. Rated at 630 MW, Phase One of London Array generates enough energy to power around 500,000 British homes and displaces over 900,000 tonnes of CO2 a year – equivalent to taking nearly 300,000 cars off the road each year. Siemens was responsible for the supply of 175 wind turbines, the grid connections and will provide service under a long-term agreement together with Dong Energy.
Siemens supplied the mechanical and electrical equipment for the two offshore substations as well as the onshore substation in Cleve Hill. The energy generated by the wind turbines is bundled and transported via high-voltage submarine cables to the coast. These four export cables, each have a length over 50 km each. Over 200 km on inter-array cabling connect the turbines to each other and to the offshore substations. One of the offshore substations is shown in the picture (left). more> http://tinyurl.com/m2hayee
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