Scroby Sands Wind Farm - North Sea, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dragontree
N 52° 36.430 E 001° 44.436
31U E 414717 N 5829317
Quick Description: This large wind farm lies off the coast of Great Yarmouth.
Location: Eastern England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 5/27/2010 12:57:37 PM
Waymark Code: WM8XKJ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member eikenboom
Views: 2

Long Description:
Wikipedia describes the wind farm:

'The Scroby Sands wind farm is a wind farm located in the North Sea, 2.5 kilometres (1.6 mi) off the coast of Great Yarmouth in eastern England, United Kingdom, and erected in 2003-4.

The farm was commissioned by Powergen Renewables Offshore, a division of one of the UK's major electricity producing companies (now called E.ON UK), and is expected to produce up to a maximum of 60 megawatts of power, enough for 41,000 homes.

The farm has 30 wind turbines, each with three 40 metre blades rotating around a centre-point some 60 metres (200 ft) above the mean sea level on hollow 4.5 metres (14.8 ft) diameter steel masts, in from 13 m (43 ft) to 20 m (66 ft) depth of water. The masts are piled up to 30 metres (98 ft) into the sea bed, to provide stability on a substrate of shifting sands.

The wind turbines were designed and manufactured by a Danish firm, Vestas. Each turbine has a capacity of 2 megawatts.

The wind farm has an information centre serving around 35,000 visitors per year, and has become a local attraction.'

Eon describe the visitor centre which is open to the public:
'Scroby Sands Visitor Centre

The Scroby Sands visitor centre attracts over 35000 visitors each year who come to enjoy the interactive activities and displays. The visitors centre is open daily from 26 May until the end of October and entry is free of charge. The Visitor Centre has interactive educational models for the younger generation who want to learn about renewable energy. The wind farm has become a real local land mark and every year, we have people from all ages from all over the world visisting the centre to find out more about how it works and how it was built. Visitors to the centre will find details of how the wind farm was built, together with a range of interactive displays and information about energy and energy efficiency. The centre is located on the Esplanade why not go along to find out more.'

The co-ordinates are taken from the nearest point on the beach where you can see the wind farm.
Date of Manufacture: 1/1/2003

Purpose: Electricity

Open to the public: yes

Is This Windmill Functional?: Yes!

Windmill Farm: yes

Cost: 0.00 (listed in local currency)

Museum on Site: yes

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