Horns Rev

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Horns Rev 1
Horns Rev is located in North Sea
Horns Rev
Location of Horns Rev 1
Country Denmark
Location Horns Rev, East North Sea
Coordinates 55°31′47″N 7°54′22″E / 55.52972°N 7.90611°E / 55.52972; 7.90611Coordinates: 55°31′47″N 7°54′22″E / 55.52972°N 7.90611°E / 55.52972; 7.90611
Status Operational
Commission date 2002
Owner(s) Vattenfall (60%)
DONG Energy (40%)
Operator(s) Vattenfall
Wind farm
Type Offshore
Max. water depth 6–14 m (20–46 ft)
Distance from shore 14–20 km (9–12 mi)
Hub height 70 m (230 ft)
Rotor diameter 80 m (262 ft)
Rated wind speed 9.7 m/s (32 ft/s)
Power generation
Units operational 80
Make and model Vestas Wind Systems
Nameplate capacity 160 MW[1]
Annual generation 600 GW·h[2]
Website
www.hornsrev.dk

Horns Rev (also known as Horns Reef) is a shallow area (glacial and sea deposits of sand[3]) in the eastern North Sea, about 15 km / 10 miles off the westernmost point of Denmark, Blåvands Huk. It contains the first large scale offshore wind farm in the world, Horns Rev 1 (160 MW from 2002),[1][4] and is four times larger than the previous largest offshore wind farm in the world, the Middelgrunden at 40MW.[5][6]

At Horns Rev the Danish Energy company Elsam (now DONG Energy) built the first offshore wind farm in the North Sea. A total of 80 Vestas V80-2.0 MW units, capable of producing 160 MW, were installed by the Danish offshore wind farms services provider A2SEA in 2002 with the last turbine coming into operation on 11 December 2002. Since 2005, the wind farm has been owned and operated by Vattenfall. It cost DKK2bn.[7]

Turbines are laid out as an oblique rectangle of 5 km x 3.8 km (8 horizontal and 10 vertical rows). The distance between turbines is 560 m in both directions.

The main method of transport to the first wind park is an adapted Eurocopter EC-135 helicopter. Hoisting the workers to and from a small platform on each turbine allows access to the park regardless of sea conditions which would otherwise prevent sailing in the area for a large part of the year.

In April 2012, most of the Danish Folketing (parliament) agreed to send out tenders in 2013 for a 400 MW wind farm at Horns Rev called Horns Rev 3, and a 600 MW at Kriegers Flak in the Baltic Sea. This, along with the 400 MW Anholt Offshore Wind Farm, is expected to raise wind power in Denmark above the current 28% of annual electricity production.[8][9] The Danish Energy Agency expects construction candidates for Horns Rev 3 to have experience with installing and operating a large offshore wind farm.[10][11]

Report[edit]

Findings released from an eight-year study about offshore wind farms in Denmark show that the projects "operate in harmony with the surrounding environment". The 2006 report confirms that both the Horns Rev and Nysted offshore wind farms will double in size in the coming years.[12]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Horns Rev Wind Farm, Horns Rev web site. Retrieved 11 March 2010.
  2. ^ "Horns Rev". Vattenfall. Retrieved 12/1/2011. 
  3. ^ Horns Rev, GEUS News nr 4, 2003. Retrieved March 2010.
  4. ^ Horns Revolution, Modern Power Systems 5 October 2002. Retrieved 11 March 2010.
  5. ^ Morgan, Colin. Offshore Wind - State of the Art page 24 Garrad Hassan, 20 October 2004. Retrieved: 19 November 2010.
  6. ^ Larsen, Jens H. The World´s largest off-shore windfarm, Middelgrunden 40MW Copenhagen Environment and Energy Office (CEEO), 2001. Retrieved: 19 November 2010.
  7. ^ "Horns Reef Wind Farm, Denmark". power-technology.com. Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
  8. ^ Dyrskjøt, Mette. "Two giant offshore wind park tenders in 2013" Dagbladet Børsen, 23 April 2012. Retrieved 23 April 2012.
  9. ^ "Energinet kicks off 1GW offshore work" reNews, 23 April 2012. Retrieved 23 April 2012.
  10. ^ "Danish Officials Seek Experienced Bidders" OffshoreWind, 11 October 2013. Accessed: 12 October 2013.
  11. ^ "Draft for prequalification criteria for the tender of Horns Rev 3 offshore wind farm" Danish Energy Agency, 10 October 2013. Accessed: 12 October 2013.
  12. ^ Denmark to Increase Wind Power to 50% by 2025, Mostly Offshore

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