You may have missed this snippet of news from New Energy Focus, what with the football and all, but apparently, the first foundation (of 90) for a wind turbine was installed at the Sheringham Shoal offshore wind farm development.
I won’t go into the details but what did catch my eye was this paragraph which has some truly stupendous figures…
“Each foundation consists of a tubular steel monopile, driven 32-36 metres into the seabed, and a bright-yellow transition piece mounted on top. The monopiles are between 50 and 55m long and weigh from 400-600 tonnes, while the transition pieces are 22m high and weigh around 200 tonnes each.”
The other 89 foundations will be installed over the next nine months.
Now that’s heavy!
photo credit: greencolander