Output from the London Array offshore wind farm has passed the 5TWh mark in its second full year of generation.
The wind farm first started exporting power in October 2012 and then became fully operational in April 2013. Since then the output produced amounts to electricity equivalent to the annual consumption of some 1.2m UK households (based on an average household consumption of 4,192kWh per year). The wind farm has also prevented the release of 2,150,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide** in the same period.
Jonathan Duffy, General Manager of London Array, said: “As the largest operational offshore wind farm in the world, London Array is making a substantial contribution to helping the UK meet its renewable energy targets as well as supplying a new, domestic source of power.
“However, although the scale of the wind farm is important, so is its performance. Intelligent, targeted maintenance is key to ensuring the turbines are available to capitalise on the wind and to produce power efficiently.
“Our team of technicians has managed to keep average availability at well over 95 per cent, which is an admirable achievement.”
Since London Array became fully operational two years ago, other highlights include a formal inauguration by Prime Minister David Cameron, achieving 1.5TWh during the first full winter of generation, returning £459m to shareholders from the sale of its transmission assets, and appearing as NASA’s Image of the Day.
**Carbon calculations are based on an assumed average carbon intensity from grid supplied electricity of 430g CO2/kWh.
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