Offshore wind

DEFINITION: Wind turbines located out at sea or in fresh water which harness the energy of moving air to generate electricity. offshore wind farms provide a renewable energy source and do not emit greenhouse gases (GHG).

See also: Onshore wind

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The developers claim that the farm would generate enough renewable electricity to power 91,000 homes and would reduce UK carbon emissions by 68,000 tonnes annually. Stock image

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