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A new 600MW wind farm off the Dutch coast has come online, and will eventually provide power to 1.5 million people. Situated 85km into the North Sea off the coast of Groningen, the Gemini wind park is one of the world’s largest. Its 150 turbines cover 68 square kilometres, and provide an installed capacity of 600MW. According to Gemini, the location has some of the highest and most consistent wind speeds in the North Sea, averaging 36km/h.
Batteries that have powered electric cars around the UK will get a second life providing energy storage for households, with the launch of a British-made home battery to rival the one made by Elon Musk’s Tesla. The cells will be made by the Japanese car-maker Nissan in Sunderland, where its popular Leaf electric car is built, and sold in partnership with the US power firm Eaton. Buyers will be able to choose cheaper, used batteries that are no longer fit for electric car use, or pricier new ones. They are believed to be the first British-made household batteries pitched to the embryonic UK home storage market.