Located off the Yorkshire coast, Hornsea 1 will span an area of approximately 407 square kilometres, an amount that is equivalent to five times the size of the British city of Hull. Consisting of 174 7-megawatt (MW) wind turbines with an individual height of 190 metres above sea level and three 75m long blades, each turbine will be able to power a UK home for over a day with each single rotation. With the bulk of the turbines’ blades constructed at Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy’s factory in Hull, the turbines’ components were subsequently transported 120km to the Hornsea 1 site. Four turbines were loaded on to the vessel each time. The main components are a steel tower, three turbine blades and a nacelle, which houses all generation components for the turbine. On average, it takes around 12 hours of precision working to install a turbine in full.
Part of an impressive array dotted over an area spanning 407 km2 in the North Sea, the Hornsea 1 windfarm is situated more than 100km from the Yorkshire coast.