Full tilt: giant offshore wind farm opens in North Sea

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Gemini windpark off the coast of the Netherlands will ultimately gratifies the energy be necessary for about 1.5 million people, according to its owners

Dutch officials have opened what is being statute as one of “the worlds” largest offshore gale farms, with 150 turbines spinning far out in the North Sea.

Over the next 15 times the Gemini windpark, which lies some 85 km( 53 miles) off the north seashore of the Netherlands, will encounter the energy be necessary for about 1.5 million people.

At full tilt the windpark has a generating capacity of 600 megawatts and will help render 785,000 Dutch households with renewable energy, according to the company.

We are now officially in the operational stage, the companys managing board Matthias Haag announced, celebrating the completion of research projects firstly conceived in 2010.

The 2.8 bn ($ 3bn) project is a collaboration between the Canadian independent renewable energy company Northland Power, gale turbine producer Siemens Wind Power, Dutch maritime contractor Van Oord and litter processing company HVC.

It was quite a complex undertaking, Haag announced, particularly as this windpark lies relatively far offshore … so it took quite a lot of logistics.

Gemini would contribute about 13% of the countrys total renewable energy supply and about 25% of its wind energy, he added.

It would help reduce emissions of carbon-dioxide emissions, among the greenhouse gases blamed for global warming, by 1.25 m tonnes, the company says.

The Netherlands remains dependant on fossil fuels which still make up about 95% of its energy supply, according to a 2016 report from government ministries of economics affairs.

The Dutch government has committed to ensuring 14% of its energy comes from renewable sources such as wind and solar power by 2020, and 16% by 2023, with the aim of being carbon neutral by 2050.

Gemini is seen as a stepping stone in the Netherlands and has shown that a very large project can be built on time, and in a very safe situation, Haag said.

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