The UK government has approved the construction of the world’s biggest offshore wind farm, in a $7.8 billion project. Danish utility company ‘Dong Energy’ is going to be the group responsible for carrying out the project, the location will be approximately 89 kilometers off the coast, in the North-West of England.
“Britain is a global leader in offshore wind, and we’re determined to be one of the leading destinations for investment in renewable energy, which means jobs and economic growth right across the country,” Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark.
It’s anticipated that the construction of the farm will generate roughly 2000 jobs and about 600 operation and maintenance posts, proving positive to the British economically as well as environmentally.
300 wind turbines are going to span an area of 480 sq km, when fully operational the turbines are going to provide 1,800MW of low-CO2 electricity to 1.8m UK homes. Greg Clark is keen for Britain’s rapid developments of off-shore wind farms to continue, in order for Britain to be an example to the rest of world in showing it’s possible to be economically sound and environmentally clean.
We often see the ‘Made in China’ label, but rarely understand what that means.
We sat down and simplified International Shipping. Here are the only 3 photos you need to have a basic understanding of how it works.
Manufacturers produce massive quantities of items to meet domestic and international demand. Once finished, the items are packaged and loaded into containers for shipping.
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Massive cargo ships are loaded by machine with standard-sized containers, before leaving port for their next destination.
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Once the items have arrived, they are unloaded and distributed to businesses and eventually sold-on to consumers.
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Currently under construction in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia is the soon to be Kingdom Tower, which once construction is complete will be, by far the tallest building in the world at over 1 Kilometer tall. With construction having started in 2013 and a scheduled 2019 completion date
The tower will feature a flagship Four Seasons Hotel and serviced apartments, A class office space as well as luxury condominiums and the world’s highest observatory. There will be an outdoor platform on the 157th floor for private use of the penthouse residents. The building will also contain a number of swimming pools throughout for use by the hotel and condos.
Putting this into perspective the current tallest building in the world is the Burj al-Kalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates which stands at 830 meters. The illustration below compares the prospective Kingdom Tower with existing buildings as well as those currently under construction. This clearly shows the extreme of its height and makes it hard to believe that the owners originally wanted the tower to be 1 Mile high!
The Kingdom Tower will cost a proposed $US1.25 Billion and will involve 500,000 cubic meters of concrete and 80,000 tons of steel, giving it the strength it needs to withstand winds and any potential natural disasters.
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