Rampion Offshore Wind Farm: No. 1 of 10
This offshore renewable energy project has an array of turbines covering 70 square kilometers, larger than the island of Guernsey.
Rampion Offshore Wind Farm: No. 2 of 10
Rampion's turbine foundations, affixed to the sea bed, collectively weigh 92,800 tonnes—the equivalent of nine Eiffel Towers.
Rampion Offshore Wind Farm: No. 3 of 10
The Rampion ofshore project has an array of 140 kilometres of array cables, enough to stretch from Brighton to London and back.
Rampion Offshore Wind Farm: No. 4 of 10
Rampion's offshore substation weighs 2,000 tonnes, about a fifth as heavy as the Brooklyn Bridge.
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Rampion has been co-developed by European electric utility E.ON, the UK Green Investment Bank plc, and Enbridge, which owns a 24.9-percent interest.
Rampion Offshore Wind Farm: No. 6 of 10
Any way you look at it, the 400-megawatt (MW) Rampion Offshore Wind Farm is a colossal achievement—and it’s now in full operation in the English Channel, with its 116 towering turbines supplying an anticipated 1,400 gigawatt hours (GWh) of green power per year to Great Britain’s National Grid.
Rampion Offshore Wind Farm: No. 7 of 10
“It’s exciting to be producing electricity that is exported to the National Grid,” says Rampion’s turbine commissioning manager Adam Simmonds, whose team has been activating the wind farm’s turbines, one by one, throughout 2018.
Rampion Offshore Wind Farm: No. 8 of 10
Rampion will supply power to about 350,000 UK homes—almost half the houses in Sussex, along England’s south coast—and is expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 600,000 tonnes a year.
Rampion Offshore Wind Farm: No. 9 of 10
Nearly half of Europe’s power generation capacity is expected to come from renewables by 2025, with offshore wind supplying a mighty push.
Rampion Offshore Wind Farm: No. 10 of 10
"Once a turbine is running, we carry out a 240-hour reliability test to monitor its performance and identify any final snagging items,” says Rampion turbine commissioning manager Adam Simmonds, “before it’s handed to the operations and maintenance team to begin its working life—turning wind into clean, green electricity.”