Scroby Sands Wind Farm

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Scroby Sands Wind Farm
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Scroby Sands Wind Turbines
Scroby Sands Wind Farm is located in England
Scroby Sands Wind Farm
Location of Scroby Sands Wind Farm
Country United Kingdom, England
Location Norfolk, Great Yarmouth
Coordinates 52°38′56″N 1°47′25″E / 52.64889°N 1.79028°E / 52.64889; 1.79028Coordinates: 52°38′56″N 1°47′25″E / 52.64889°N 1.79028°E / 52.64889; 1.79028
Status Operational
Commission date 2004
Owner(s) E.ON UK
Power generation
Primary fuel Wind
Units operational 30 x Vestas V80-2MW
Nameplate capacity 60 MW
Capacity factor 26-32%

The Scroby Sands Wind Farm is a wind farm located on the Scroby Sands sandbank in the North Sea, 2.5 kilometres (1.6 mi) off the coast of Great Yarmouth in eastern England, United Kingdom. It was commissioned in March 2004 by Powergen Renewables Offshore, a division of E.ON UK. It it has a nameplate capacity of 60 megawatts and is able to produce power to supply 41,000 households. Between 2005 and 2010, its capacity factor was between 26 to 32%.[1]

The farm consists of 30 wind turbines, each with three 40-metre (130 ft) blades rotating around a centre-point some 60 metres (200 ft) above the mean sea level on hollow 4.5 metres (14.8 ft) diameter steel masts, in from 13-to-20-metre (43 to 66 ft) depth of water. The masts are piled up to 30 metres (98 ft) into the sea bed, to provide stability on a substrate of shifting sands.

The wind turbines were designed and manufactured by a Danish firm, Vestas. Each turbine has a capacity of 2 megawatts.[2] Turbines were installed by the Danish offshore wind farms services provider A2SEA.[3]

Seal population[edit]

There are also many seals living there, some of which will swim up to boats and others which enjoy basking on the beach. To the average human passing in a boat it is not difficult to understand how the legends concerning the selkie-folk — the seal people — began. The selkie-men (the male seals) are known for their frequent encounters with human females — both married and unmarried.[4]

Tourism[edit]

The wind farm has an information centre serving around 35,000 visitors per year, and has become a local attraction.[5][6]

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dunford et al. UK Renewable Energy Data, Issue 10 p53 Renewable Energy Foundation, 29 July 2010. Accessed: 30 September 2011.
  2. ^ "Datasheet for Scroby Sands". LORC Knowledge. 2011-03-14. Retrieved 2011-06-20. 
  3. ^ "A2SEA presentation" (PDF). A2SEA (Export Promotion Denmark). 2005-04-12. Retrieved 2010-07-14. 
  4. ^ http://www.orkneyjar.com/folklore/selkiefolk/
  5. ^ "Scroby Sands Offshore Wind Farm, United Kingdom". powertechnology.com. Net Resources International. Retrieved 2009-08-22. 
  6. ^ "Tourism and wind farms". E.ON UK. Retrieved 2009-08-22. 

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