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February 12, 2008

Currently largest wind turbine will generate 7+ MW


The Worlds highest power wind turbine is officially rated at 6 megawatts too, but will most likely produce 7+ megawatts. (20 million kilowatt hours per year).



Chart of largest wind turbines

FURTHER READING
A 10 MW superconducting wind turbine is under development

There are larger systems like kitegen being studied.

2 comments:

Flagg707 said...

Amazing. Do we have any estimates on the capacity factor (most wind is under 30% - will the system allow us to get more mileage, as it were) and maintenance requirements?

bw said...

I do not believe that this slightly bigger system has much difference in capacity factor or maintenance requirements versus a 3MW or 5MW system. There are other approaches where the improved wind system can be placed into stronger winds which have a theoretical increase from 30-45% or like the kitegen where the system can operate at high altitudes (800 -3000 meters) where there are more consistent winds and where the kites can drop to lower altitude when the higher ones get too strong thus maintaining more consistent wind gathering.