world’s ‘tallest and most powerful wind turbine’ in 2022
  • The V236-15 MW offshore wind turbine prototype, according to Vestas, will stand 280 meters tall.
  • The turbine is estimated to generate 80-gigawatt hours each year, which is enough to power 20,000 homes
  • The creation of massive turbines has sparked interest in some areas, but there are undeniable obstacles.

The newly installed prototype to begin generating electricity by the end of 2022

Vestas has announced intentions to test a 15-megawatt offshore wind turbine prototype at a Danish site. The V236-15 MW prototype, according to the business, will be placed in the second half of 2022 at a test station in Western Jutland, Denmark. In the fourth quarter of 2022, it is expected to begin generating power.

The V236-15 MW is a massive power plant. It will be 280 meters tall, with prototype blades reaching 115.5 meters in length, according to Vestas. The prototype will be deployed ashore to make testing more convenient. The annual output of the turbine is projected to be 80 gigawatt-hours. According to Vestas, this would be enough to power 20,000 European houses while also removing over 38,000 metric tonnes of CO2.

While Vestas boasts that if deployed, their prototype “would be the world’s tallest and most powerful wind turbine,” other businesses are working on their enormous turbines. MingYang Smart Energy revealed specs of a massive new offshore wind turbine in August. MingYang’s turbine, dubbed the MySE 16.0-242, will stand 264 meters tall, have a rotor diameter of 242 meters, and a blade length of 118 meters. It will hold a capacity of 16 MW.

Goals of Chinese Companies

In 2023, the Chinese company plans to install a prototype before beginning commercial production the following year. Meanwhile, GE Renewable Energy announced in early October that its Haliade-X prototype, which was deployed in the Dutch city of Rotterdam, had begun to run at 14 MW.

“Because a single turbine can produce more power, fewer turbines are required at each wind farm,” the business noted at the time. “Not only does this save money on capital, but it also makes operations and maintenance easier.”

The research discussed, among other things, the new reality of larger turbines and the impact they may have on ports and infrastructure. “To host larger turbines and a wider market, upgraded or new infrastructure are required,” it stated. “They will need to accommodate the operation and maintenance of a larger fleet (including training facilities), planned decommissioning projects, and new production centers for bottom-fixed and floating offshore wind,” says the report.

Ports would also need to “extend their territory, fortify quays, improve their deep-sea harbors, and carry out additional civil works,” according to the report.

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