Our work in the UK
The UK leads the world in offshore wind deployment and is home to the world’s largest offshore wind farms. Here, we have 12 operational offshore wind farms that we either own or partly own, one wind farm under construction and a further three in our development pipeline. We have over 1,000 offshore wind turbines installed, which produce 4.9GW and enough green energy to power over 4.2 million UK homes a year. This will increase to 5.5 million following the completion of Hornsea Two offshore wind farm in 2022.
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We’re continuing our green transformation journey by expanding into onshore wind energy. In April 2021, we announced the acquisition of Brookfield Renewable Ireland, which includes onshore wind farm projects in the UK and Ireland. Here in the UK, we have five onshore wind farms located in Scotland – one in construction, which will generate 62 MW of onshore wind energy when fully operational in 2022, and a further four projects in development.
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Renewable hydrogen, also known as green hydrogen, will play a vital role in decarbonising industry and transport and enable the UK to reach its 2050 net zero ambitions.
We are one of the lead partners in a renewable hydrogen project called Gigastack. The project, based in the Humber, will use green electricity from an Ørsted wind farm to generate renewable hydrogen by electrolysis that will then be used by the Philips66 refinery.
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At Ørsted, we believe battery storage will play a crucial part in the future energy system as more of our energy comes from renewable sources.
We have taken our first steps into commercial battery storage by building and operating a 20MW project near Liverpool (called Carnegie Road), in addition to integrating a 2MW battery system into our Burbo Bank offshore wind farm.
Both projects, located in Merseyside, will help to keep the UK’s electricity grid balanced.
Discover the importance of battery storage and learn about our projects
We have developed Renescience, an exciting first-of-a-kind technologies that increases recycling rates whilst simultaneously producing green energy.
Using enzymes, mechanical sorting, recycled water and anaerobic digestion, Renescience separates household waste into recyclables. Then it liquifies the organics from the waste and turns it into green energy.
The plant which treats up to 80,000 tonnes of waste per year, equivalent to waste from approximately 70,000 UK homes, is located in Northwich, Cheshire and was commissioned in October 2020.
Discover how Renescience generates value from waste
Renewable energy supporting UK communities
Over the last decade, we’ve invested over £10bn constructing our UK offshore wind farms. This is helping to transform coastal communities across the UK through investment in local facilities, the creation of high-skilled jobs and apprenticeships, and the development of competitive, export-orientated local supply chains.
Find out how offshore wind is transforming coastal communities
In addition, our community grants help support local groups and organisations in the coastal regions where we construct and operate our offshore wind farms. Our three Community Benefit Funds have so far awarded over £6 million to more than 442 local social and environmental projects along the East and West coasts.
Explore our Community Benefit Funds