Queen visits offshore turbine blade factory in Hull

  The Queen visited Siemens Gamesa’s offshore wind turbine blade manufacturing factory in Hull yesterday. She was given a short tour of the facility and a demonstration of the work […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha
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The Queen visited Siemens Gamesa’s offshore wind turbine blade manufacturing factory in Hull yesterday.

She was given a short tour of the facility and a demonstration of the work which goes into making the mammoth 75-metre turbine blades, as part of the Hull City of Culture 2017 celebrations.

They are handmade as a single, unbroken section before being shipped out from the three-berth dock on the Humber estuary.

The Queen saw how renewable energy is used in practice in a ‘Greenpower’ car. The project aims to inspire young people into a career in engineering by building and racing electric cars.

She was also introduced to employees, including apprentices, working on the blades under construction.

Her Majesty unveiled a plaque at the renewable factory to mark the day of her visit.

Trade body RenewableUK said the Queen’s visit highlights “how far offshore wind has come”.