The Queen of England is going Green in a big way, as this story from ENS notes. This is the largest wind turbine to be installed, and it no doubt helps to be royalty and have a son who's very much into environmetal concerns. It's nice to see leadership being exerted on this issue. Maybe Mr. Bush will install some turbines on the White House to keep up the Old Guard?
Britain's Queen Elizabeth is investing in the world's largest offshore wind turbine and also in the development of offshore windfarms in Scottish waters, her property company The Crown Estate announced on Wednesday.
On April 17, The Crown Estate signed an agreement to purchase a prototype of the world's largest offshore wind turbine, Clipper's 7.5 megawatt MBE turbine. Known as the Britannia project, the turbine will be built by California energy company Clipper Windpower.
Offshore wind projects such as the $65 million Britannia project will advance industry technology in line with the forecasted upsurge in European offshore wind development in 2011 and 2012.
One of the wind turbines at the Blyth Harbor offshore wind development (Photo by Ian Britton courtesy FreeFoto.com)
The Clipper MBE prototype turbine will be assembled and tested at Clipper's Centre of Excellence for Offshore Wind in Blyth in northeast England, where an offshore windfarm made up of smaller turbines is already generating power.
The giant turbine is to be operational by 2010 and all the power it generates will be sold to the national grid. With a 30 year design life, it will generate electricity equivalent of one million barrels of oil.
In addition, the Queen's property company is setting the rules for developers to harness the winds that blow across Scottish waters.
At the All Energy Conference in Aberdeen on Wednesday, The Crown Estate announced the procedure for offshore windfarm development within Scottish territorial waters.