Vestas Unveils World’s Most Powerful Offshore Wind Turbine

Vestas, the Danish wind turbine company, announced this week that it has developed a new offshore wind turbine designed specifically for use in typhoon-prone areas. As the name implies, the company’s V236-15.0 MW will produce 15 megawatts of electricity — the highest output of any offshore wind turbine in the world. The next closest is the GE Haliade X-13 that will be installed in the UK’s Dogger Bank offshore wind project in the North Sea.

The Vestas V236-15.0 MW is a behemoth. It features three blades measuring 115.5 meters long for a total swept area of more than 43,000 square meters — that’s 10.6 acres or 4.3 hectares. Each turbine will be capable for creating 80 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of electricity per year, enough to power 20,000 homes.

The generator is air cooled, but Vestas added an air-to-water heat exchanger, which in turn is connected to two passive cooling panels built into the top of the nacelle that surrounds the internal components of the turbine. Those are the devices that look like Mickey Mouse ears you see in the photo above.

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