Co-generation windfarm to be 'most efficient' in world

A windfarm that will use gas-powered turbines to generate to provide a constant smooth supply of energy has received planning permission.

Eclipse Energy received approval for plans for an offshore co-generation project called Ormonde, which will produce 150MW.

The company claims by using 5MW turbines being demonstrated at the Beatrice project, it will become the "most efficient" wind farm in the world.

When there is not sufficient wind blowing along the sea to turn the 30 turbines, gas-powered turbines mounted on a platform will tap the gas underneath the sea bed to generate up to 90MW of power.

Ian Hatton, chief executive of Eclipse Energy, said: "In terms of generation capacity and project footprint, Ormonde will be the most efficient wind development on the planet and will in itself represent a major milestone in the development of world offshore wind resources."

The project is expected to deliver power for the first time in 2011 and will help the UK achieve the target of generating ten per cent of all electricity from renewable resources by 2010.

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