WindCurrently there is a wind farm in Northeast England that is scattered with fairly small wind turbines to generate power. But as of last week, Queen Elizabeth just bought the world’s largest offshore wind turbine to be constructed for the area by 2010. The turbine is a 7.5 megawatt MBE turbine that is going to be built by Clipper Windpower in California. Nicknamed ‘The Brittania Project’, the offshore wind turbine area will cost nearly $65 million, but the power will go directly into the national grid. The turbine, with a lifetime of 30 years, will produce energy equivalent to one million barrels of oil. Who ever said the Queen doesn’t do anything useful for the country anymore?Photo credit: Vincent McMorrow-Purcell

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