Burbo Bank is exposed to the full force of the wind from west. The Irish Sea and its shifting sands were once feared by storm driven sailing ships. These selfsame winds and shallow waters now make it an ideal location for offshore wind turbines.
The location was chosen for a number of reasons:
Each wind turbine is designed to run for approximately 6000 hours each year over 20 years. By comparison, the design life time of a car engine is 20 times less, i.e. only one year if the car is set to run 4,000 to 6,000 hours.