Wind power: Queen Elizabeth sets a record

Posted by Laura Grant on October 7, 2008
Posted in Renewable energy

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has commissioned the world’s largest wind turbine. It’ll produce 7.5MW of power and, says EcoGeek, it’ll be taller than “600 corgis standing on each other’s backs” (love that description) – about 175 metres.

As for the effect of wind turbines on the birds on her majesty’s properties, apparently research has shown that offshore turbines are largely safe for migrating birds. And a recent study done in England seems to show that the birds on English farmland aren’t particularly affected by wind farms either. Only one species (pheasant) seemed to roost further away from the turbines. The study was done in winter, so the turbines may have a different effect when the birds are nesting.

The European Union has set a target that 20 percent of energy should come from renewable sources by 2020. In Britain, experts seem to agree that most of this energy will come from wind. Charles Anglin from the British Wind Energy Association (BWEA), was quoted by the BBC as saying that by 2020 the UK would have about 6,000 or 7,000 turbines offshore and about 5,000 onshore. “That alone could provide about 25%, possibly 28%, of the country’s electricity,” he said.

Sources: EcoGeek, ScienceNow Daily News, BBC, ENN

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