Thursday, 17 Sep, 2009 Environment
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Europe Launches Biggest Offshore Wind Farm in the World

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Today wind power represents the fastest developing source of green energy in Europe. Recently Denmark announced that this week it hopes to launch Horns Rev 2, the largest offshore wind farm in the world.

The farm features 91 turbines that spread over a territory of 35 square kilometers and will be able to generate 209 megawatts of electricity, which is enough to power about 200,000 homes.

The Danish utility company Dong Energy estimates its project at $1 billion. Although the price is rather high, Horn Rev is expected to considerably cut the level of carbon emissions, making one step forward towards Europe's goal of producing 20 percent of green energy by 2020, reports Green Inc.

According to the European Wind Energy Association, in case the development of offshore wind projects continues, the offshore turbines could generate around 10 percent of Europe's power over the next 11 years. In addition, it is expected that offshore wind projects would provide 200,000 new work places by 2025.

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