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World's biggest offshore wind farm will be built in Lincolns
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2013 9:54 am    Post subject: World's biggest offshore wind farm will be built in Lincolns Reply with quote

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Plans to create the world's biggest offshore wind farm off the coast of Britain have been approved.

Work on the massive Triton Knoll site - 288 giant wind turbines off the Lincolnshire coast - can now begin after the £3.6bn project was given the go ahead.


It will dwarf Britain's current largest offshore facility, the 175-turbine London Array in the Thames Estuary unveiled last week by David Cameron.


Source: Dailymail

When complete, the new giant wind farm will generate 1.2 gigawatts of electricity, enough to power for 820,000 Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2013 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That picture in the Daily Mail



is not what it looks like. It was taken through a long lens making the turbines appear much bigger than they do when you are standing on the beach. The new lot will be behind these, further out. If you want to see them you will need binoculars and a clear day.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2013 10:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a pity the Daily Mail map does not have a scale

It's about 12 miles between Mablethorpe and Skegness (I live a little north of Mablethorpe) so Triton Knoll is more than 15 miles off-shore.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2013 10:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And after Triton Knoll there are plans for a 4GW scheme further out still.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2013 11:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

biffvernon wrote:
That picture in the Daily Mail



is not what it looks like. It was taken through a long lens making the turbines appear much bigger than they do when you are standing on the beach. The new lot will be behind these, further out. If you want to see them you will need binoculars and a clear day.
Who cares if they looked that big anyway. They don't look bad.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 12:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You are entitled to your opinion, I just don'''t agree.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 7:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think they look great but don't judge by that photo - that's not what they look like and the new lot will, as I said, only be visible on a clear day with binoculars.

There has been a great deal of local opposition led by elected members of the local council who deny the reality of climate change.

There has been opposition to the land-based substation. Plan A was to build a new one but that was dropped as a result of local opposition and the current plan is to enlarge an existing substation. These things do occupy a large site as the stuff has to be spread about but they are hardly visible once a bit of hedging has been established.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 8:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can imagine that in Victorian times, crowds of people would have visited that beach to see a view like that, and marvel at the technology, even though they had few or no electrical devices in their home. Today almost everyone is totally hooked on electrical gadgets, but many don't want the means to generate the electricity they need for their fix to exist, or be seen.

I bet the residents of Lac-Mégantic in Canada, where the shale oil train crashed, and the various towns in the US that have experienced pipeline leaks, would love that as a safer alternative.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 11:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JohnB wrote:

I bet the residents of Lac-Mégantic in Canada, where the shale oil train crashed, and the various towns in the US that have experienced pipeline leaks, would love that as a safer alternative.


Yes, when the wind turbines stop going round we call it a calm day.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

biffvernon wrote:
Yes, when the wind turbines stop going round we call it a calm day.

Are those the days when solar energy spills happen? Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know why they got that photomontage so wrong: they forgot the earth is round Very Happy !!
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RenewableCandy wrote:
I know why they got that photomontage so wrong: they forgot the earth is round Very Happy !!

They probably don't know it's round!
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 11:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is what the current ones actually look like, photo taken by me with a normal camera from the beach:



...and the new ones are further out.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's the view with which I'm very familiar as it's taken from just outside our beach hut. It must have been taken tw0 years ago? The visible turbines number 54 altogether but there are now about a hundred more, further out behind these ones. The Triton Knoll plan is for a wind farm much further away still.

By the way, the green stuff on the beach to the right is marram grass that established itself. It has grown a good deal over the past two years and trapped a lot of stabilised sand adding significantly the sea defence. his winter the Environment Agency, taking Nature's lead, has planted a lot more marram grass to speed the process along. Behind the photographer is a town lying mostly below sea level.
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