London, June 21 (ANI): Gigantic wind turbines with blade spans more expansive than the London Eye could soon be generating green power, according to a British clean energy expert.
An offshore turbine over 500ft tall with a diameter of 475ft is already set to make an appearance in the UK's waters by 2012.
But the 10 megawatt machine, dubbed Britannia, is simply heralding a new era of bigger and more powerful turbines, according to the project's leader Bill Grainger.
"You have to make changes as you get bigger. Blades get floppier, for example, so you have to put more carbon in, but we aren't anywhere near 100 per cent carbon yet," The Scotsman quoted him, as saying.
The Britannia, being built at Blyth, Northumberland, comprises three enormous blades, each weighing over 30 tonnes.
The machine will sweep a circle more than 100ft wider than the 400ft diameter of the London Eye.
The turbine will be given a solid foundation on the seabed and it will rise 574ft above the waves.
The Britannia is expected to be installed at Dogger Bank, off the north-east coast of England and generate enough electricity to power 10,000 homes. (ANI)