• Otávio Santiago

The World’s Biggest Wind Turbine Is Being Built in China

In 2018, GE unveiled its Haliade-X turbine, and it has since been the largest and most powerful offshore wind turbine in the world. At 853 feet tall and with a rotor measuring 722 feet across, a single rotation of its blades can power a home for two days (that’s a home in the UK, not the US; homes here tend to be bigger energy hogs). Last year, the Haliade-X prototype located in the Netherlands set a new world record by generating 312 megawatt-hours of continuous power in one day.

But the record-setting turbine is about to get dethroned by a new, even bigger and more powerful arrival. China’s MingYang Smart Energy Group this week announced development of its MySE 16.0-242, a 16-megawatt turbine that can reportedly power 20,000 homes. Standing 866 feet tall, the turbine only has a few feet on the Haliade-X’s height, but its rotor is the differentiator at 794 feet across. Each blade is 387 feet long, and their rotation will sweep an area bigger than six soccer fields.

Let’s put some more visuals to those numbers. 866 feet is taller than the 70-story GE building in New York’s Rockefeller Center. An American football field is 360 feet long, so imagine a blade that’s even longer, and a rotor taller than the Golden Gate Bridge.

It’s hard to wrap your head around, especially when you consider that these gigantic pieces will be assembled into one unit in the middle of the ocean, then work together to produce clean energy. The company says the turbine can be anchored to the ocean floor or installed on a floating base (the proportions of which are equally hard to imagine).

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