The Sea Bed Foundations Used For Wind Turbines At The Wikinger Offshore Wind Farm Are Taller Than The World’s First Skyscraper!
One of the really big global offshore wind projects making the airwaves at the moment is the Wikinger Offshore Windfarm, a €1.4 billion investment controlled by Iberdrola.
And the figures are mind boggling…
The project, which is Iberdrola’s first offshore windfarm in German waters, will be made up of 70 wind turbines which are being constructed in a 34 Km2 area of the Baltic Sea close to the island of Rügen, Germany’s largest island.
The project involves 1500 people from fifteen separate countries.
The 70 wind turbines will use Adwen AD5-135 devices, each generating 5 megawatts, making the whole project a 350 megawatt ‘biggie’. The project will supply enough energy for around four towns the size of Bremerhaven – which, along with Stade in Lower Saxony, is one of the two places where the turbines are being manufactured.
… before they even have a wind turbine and tower rested on their ever-so-long legs, they will still be taller than The Leaning Tower Of Pisa and the Tower of Hercules
One of the grooviest facts about the project is the size of the ‘jackets’, the fixed four-legged foundations used as sea bed bases for the wind turbines. At 60 metres in height before they even have a wind turbine and tower rested on their ever-so-long legs, they will be taller than The Leaning Tower Of Pisa, the Tower of Hercules, and even the world’s first skyscraper, The Home Insurance Building in Chicago.
If you think that’s impressive, how about this little snippet of info: from the full height of the blade to the base of the jacket base, each wind turbine will be an incredible five-sixths the height of The Eiffel Tower.