Namely, the first of 174 monopiles have been installed at the site, which is 120km off the Yorkshire coast, UK. When fully operational, probably in 2020, the wind farm will produce enough power for over one million homes.
The installation is being conducted by GeoSea’s installation vessel, 'Innovation', and it will be able to carry up to 4 monopiles at a time, with each one being 65m long, weighs around 800t and has a diameter of 8.1m.
The Innovation vessel will also install some of the transition pieces for the project, and in March A2Sea’s vessel 'Sea Installer' will join the project, to continue with transition piece installation.
Duncan Clark, programme director for the project, said: “Onshore, we are continuing to construct the East Coast Hub which will serve as an operations and maintenance base for our existing wind farms in the area and both Hornsea Project One, and Project Two which we took a final investment decision on last year. These wind farms will not only greatly contribute to the UK’s goal of decarbonising our energy system, they are also bringing jobs and investment to Grimsby and the North East.”
After the completion of the project, Hornsea Projects One and Two will follow, which when combined will generate enough clean electricity for over 2.3 million homes in the UK.
Currently, the world’s largest wind farm belongs to the London Array. It is a 630 MW wind farm of 100 sq. kilometers in size, which can power approximately 500,000 homes in the UK. Germany owns the largest wind turbine, which is located in the German town of Gaildorf.