Record: 9-megawatt wind turbine

March 28, 2017 | 00:00
Record: 9-megawatt wind turbine. Image credit: MHI Vestas Offshore Wind
Record: 9-megawatt wind turbine. Image credit: MHI Vestas Offshore Wind
On 1 December 2016, under favorable conditions, a giant offshore wind turbine from Danish company MHI Vestas Offshore Wind broke the 24-hour power generation record for single turbines, producing 215,999.1 kWh over a 24-hour period. The company referred to it as an "uprated 8-MW wind turbine, reaching 9 MW at specific site conditions."

As we all know, Denmark gets about 40 percent of its electricity from wind power, and the country targets weaning itself off fossil fuels by 2050.

The new V164 turbine stands at 722 feet (220 m) at full height, with 38-ton blades that are 263 feet (80 m) in length for a total sweep area of  21,124 m2 (227,377 ft2). In a company news release CTO Torben Hvid Larsen was quoted: "We are confident that the 9 MW machine has now proven that it is ready for the market."

The size of the V164 linked to its power output fuels the conviction of some analysts that “the larger the turbine, the larger the power output, which makes offshore wind farms exponentially more efficient and brings down the cost of installation, maintenance and electricity, too." To which Mr Larsen added, "we believe that our wind turbine will play an integral part in enabling the offshore industry to continue to drive down the cost of energy." The company said this has a 25-year life span. Apart from generating clean energy, the turbine reportedly is also 80 percent recyclable at the end of its 25-year life cycle.
 
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