Scottish wind turbines created so much electricity in 2019 that they could power almost TWO Scotlands
- A record-breaking 9.8 million MWh of energy was generated from January to June
- Scotland strives to switch completely to renewable energy the following year
- The month of March saw the highest production with more than 2 million MWh in capacity
- In May, the entire UK managed to do without coal for a whole week
The wind farms in Scotland generated so much electricity this year that it could have powered almost all of its houses twice.
Turbines across the country generated a record-breaking 9.8 million megawatt hours of energy from January to June 2019.
The highest production came in March, when the country's turbines produced a total of 2,194,981 megawatt hours of power.
In total, the power generated during this six-month period was enough to power around 4.47 million households – far more than the 2.6 million homes in Scotland.
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The wind farms in Scotland have generated so much electricity this year that it could have powered almost all of its houses twice. Pictured, Whitelee Windfarm in East Renfrewshire, Scotland, is the largest onshore wind farm in the UK
HOW DO WIND TURBINES WORK?
Wind turbines work on a simple principle – the wind turns propeller-shaped blades around a rotor.
The rotor is connected to the main shaft, which runs a generator to generate electricity.
They work in the opposite way of a fan, instead of using electricity to make wind, such as a fan, wind turbines use wind to make electricity.
There are two main types of wind turbines, with ooffshore types that are usually larger and generate more energy.
These deliver bulk capacity to the National Grid.
Scotland – which is on track to fully switch its electricity supply to renewable sources next year – has both onshore and offshore wind farms with a combined capacity of around 8,423 MW.
& # 39; These are great numbers. The wind energy revolution in Scotland is clearly continuing. & # 39; Robin Parker, Climate & Energy Policy Manager at the World Wide Fund for Nature, said ScienceAlert.
& # 39; Everywhere in the country we all benefit from cleaner energy and the same goes for the climate. & # 39;
& # 39; These figures show that they can utilize Scotland's abundant onshore wind potential for clean gree"Electricity for millions of homes, not only in Scotland, but also in England," he added.
& # 39; These figures really emphasize the consistency of wind energy in Scotland and why it now plays a major role in the UK energy market & # 39 ;, weather forecast project manager Alex Wilcox Brooke of Severn Wye Energy Agency said to ScienceAlert.
The recent performance of the wind energy infrastructure in Scotland is probably welcome as a welcome to the British government, which has set the goal of closing all coal-fired power plants by 2025.
In fact, the UK managed to work completely without coal for a whole week in May, the National Grid Electricity System Operator reported – the longest performance since the 1880s.
During this period, all power was diverted from the UK instead of gas turbines, nuclear energy, solar energy and other renewable energy sources.
Turbines across the country generated a record-breaking 9.8 million megawatt hour of energy from January to June 2019. The highest production came in March, when the country's turbines produced a total of 2,194,981 megawatt hours of power
Elsewhere in the world, the inclusion of renewable energy sources and improvements in energy generation technologies have also delivered favorable results.
In Germany, for example, enthusiastic investments in the wind and solar pool have recently seen that the production of renewable energy exceeds demand
Meanwhile, despite the fact that it has to support the approximately 5 million citizens, the province of Qinghai in northwest China has managed to run its electricity grid solely on renewable sources for weeks.
WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST WIND ARMS IN THE WORLD?
Wind farms are measured by the amount of megawatt that a farm can produce.
A single megawatt (MW) of wind energy can run around 1,000 homes for a year.
The five largest offshore wind farms in the world are currently:
- The Walney extension (UK), 659 MW
- London Array (UK), 630 MW
- Gemini (the Netherlands), 600 MW
- Gode Wind (Germany), 582 MW
- Gwynt y Mor (UK), 576 MW
The five largest onshore wind farms are currently:
- Gansu wind farm (China), 7,965 MW
- Alta Wind Energy Center (California), 1,548 MW
- Muppandal wind farm (India), 1,064 MW
- Shepherds Flat Wind Farm (Oregon), 845 MW
- Roscoe Wind Farm (Texas), 781.5 MW
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