Siemens Gamesa awarded supply and service contract by Ørsted for Hornsea Project Two
The Danish energy company and developer of the Hornsea Project, Ørsted, has appointed the Spanish Siemens Gamesa to be the supplier and server of the offshore wind construction.
Siemens Gamesa will be responsible for the installation of it’s SG 8.0-167 DD turbine with power boost functionality and the second Hornsea Project.
The offshore wind farm is to be located 89km off the coast of Yorkshire, England, and will have a total capacity of 1,386MW from the firm’s turbines.
When operational in 2022, the farm will be the largest offshore wind facility in the world, and is also Siemens Gamesa’s biggest offshore project to date.
The firm’s second biggest offshore task was the Hornsea Project One, which has a capacity of 1,218MW.
“We are very pleased that Ørsted has placed its trust in Siemens Gamesa once again. Hornsea Project Two will be a benchmark in Europe, not only on account of its size but also its technology,” stated Andreas Nauen, CEOO of Offshore at Siemens Gamesa.
“Siemens Gamesa will install the newest model from its offshore platform at this facility. The SG 8.0-167 boosts annual output by 20% and offers higher returns,” he added.
The turbine’s nacelles will be manufactured in the firm’s Cuxhaven, Germany, facility, with the majority of blades to be produces in the Hull, UK, factory.
Siemens Gamesa will also assemble all of the turbines at their Hull facility before they are transported to Dogger Bank, the location of the farm.
The company’s wind turbine features 81.5m long blades, creating a 167m diameter.
The length of the blades are capable of generating 20% more annual output, due to an 18% winder sweep area, the SWT-7.0-154 blade.
All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency
Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.
According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.
Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.
“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."
He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."
North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).
The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.