An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: The Hornsea 2 offshore wind farm has produced its first power, Danish energy firm Orsted has said, with the announcement representing a significant milestone in the facility’s development. Situated in waters around 89 kilometers off the U.K.’s east coast, the scale of Hornsea 2 is considerable. Spread across an area of 462 km2, it will use 165 turbines from Siemens Gamesa and boast a capacity of more than 1.3 gigawatts. The company says it will power “well over” 1.3 million homes when finished.
The project generated its first power late on Saturday night. According to Orsted, Hornsea 2 will assume the title of “world’s largest operating offshore wind farm” once fully operational in 2022. The firm has also described Hornsea 2 as the “world’s biggest offshore wind farm.” That accolade, the company says, is currently held by Hornsea 1, the “sibling project” of Hornsea 2. “Together, the two projects will be capable of providing enough power for well over 2.3 million homes,” Orsted said on Monday. In a statement issued alongside the company’s announcement, Patrick Harnett, senior program director for Hornsea 2, said: “From here, we have the finishing line in sight as we install the remaining turbines and continue testing, commissioning, and energizing our wind farm into the new year.”