The Queen (of England) Gets Windy

The Queen is buying the world’s largest wind turbine and will be testing it out on the British Coastline.

Well, the Queen isn’t actually doing it herself (she has people to do these things for her), but the project is being undertaken by the British Crown Estate which, interestingly, owns most of the seabed off Britain’s coastline. They have regularly leased out parts of the seabed to wind farm projects but this is the first time they are investing in turbines themselves.

Britain hopes to generate 15 percent of its consumed energy from renewable sources by 2020 and this large investment in offshore wind energy, by the Queen, will be used to gain firsthand knowledge of the challenges involved by installing and maintaining a machine on this scale.

[ Via MetaEfficient ]