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Swedish state energy entity Vattenfall opened Scandinavia’s biggest offshore wind farm this week off Denmark’s west coast in the North Sea. The facility has a capacity of 407 megawatts (MW)

Windfarm off Denmark

The wind farm was inaugurated Thursday. The Horns Rev 3 facility consists of 49 turbines which stand 187 meters tall. If the turbines’ foundations are taken into account, they each weigh nearly 1,500 tonnes. The facility has a capacity of 407 megawatts (MW), which Vattenfall says is enough to cover the yearly electricity consumption of around 425,000 Danish homes.

The first foundations for Horns Rev 3 were laid in October 2017, and it began to send electricity to consumers on December 23, when it started to supply electricity from the North Sea to the Danish electricity grid.

The wind farm is located in the eastern North Sea, approximately 20km to 30km off the northwest coast of Denmark. It lies in a shallow area north of Horns Rev, at water depths ranging between 10m and 20m. The region enjoys a windy climate throughout the year. The project will be situated in close proximity to the existing Horns Rev 2 offshore wind farm

“The wind farm is a significant contribution to Vattenfall’s production portfolio and takes us one step further in our ambition to enable a fossil-free living within one generation,” Vattenfall CEO Magnus Hall said in a statement Thursday.

The opening showed the region's committment to renewable energy with Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and the Crown Prince of Denmark attending. Europe is now a major player in the offshore wind sector. Industry body WindEurope says there are 106 offshore wind farms across 11 countries, with 4,811 wind turbines connected to the grid in Europe.

The world’s largest operational offshore facility, the Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm is part of the European grid. The Walney Extension located in the Irish Sea has a capacity of 659 megawatts and is capable of powering nearly 600,000 homes in the U.K, according to Danish energy business Orsted.

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