I mean, yeah, she can afford it, but it's still cool that the Queen of England just commissioned the world's largest wind turbine. When completed in 2010, it will produce 7.5 megawatts of power all on its own. That's roughly 1.5 megawatts more than today's largest turbine.
The Queen has more than enough land to build the turbine. In fact, she owns most of the shelf off of the U.K.'s coast. Previously, she's simply leased the land to wind turbine companies, but now she's investing her own money in the project.
The cost is going undisclosed for now, but we imagine it's quite high. Especially since the turbine (at least at first) will be one-of-a-kind. It will be built by Clipper Wind, and is massively larger than anything else they have available today. The turbine will be 575 feet tall, that's more than 600 corgis standing on each other's backs.
The Queen's monetary endorsement of this technology is a big deal, especially as the UK has pledged to reduce their carbon emissions 20% by 2020.
But it's going to take a lot more than one massive wind turbine to do it...maybe if the Queen springs for 1,000 or so more of these babies, they'll have a fighting chance to meet their targets.
written by Callum Lee, September 23, 2008
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