Essex: Next Generation Turbines Tested

Next generation offshore turbines specially designed for use at sea are being tested at a wind farm off the Essex coast.

The new technology will be more cost-effective and efficient than existing turbines installed off the UK coastline, many of which are variations on turbines designed for use on land, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) said.

The two six megawatt turbines, which will be demonstrated in a new extension of Gunfleet Sands offshore wind farm, off the Essex coast, have been made by Siemens and installed by Dong Energy.

The technology has the potential to significantly cut the cost of producing renewable energy from offshore wind and help generate more low-carbon power, Decc said.

Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker, who is officially opening the extension of the wind farm today (Thursday), said: "The coalition is driving huge new investment to deliver both affordable bills and cleaner energy for consumers.

"This includes an important role for offshore wind.

"Dong Energy's Gunfleet Sands offshore wind farm is an excellent and innovative example. It's helping the country take another step towards a clean, secure energy future while helping to support local jobs."