TUESDAY 27 JULY, 2010 |
10MW Wind Generator Unveiled
British company Wind Power Limited has unveiled its new offshore wind generator,
the 10MW Aerogenerator X, with twice the power and half the weight of Wind Power’s original Aerogenerator
According to the company, it doesn't have same weight constraints as a normal wind turbine
and the blades do not suffer
weight induced fatigue. Aerogenerator X is half the height of an equivalent
horizontal axis turbine and its weight is concentrated at the base of the structure.
The generator is huge; stretching nearly 275 metres from blade tip to tip.
each 10MW Aerogenerator X turbine has the potential to generate
enough electricity to provide 5,000-10,000 homes - the energy equivalent to 2
million barrels of oil over their 25-year lifetime.
Theo Bird of Wind Power Limited
says: "Offshore is the ideal place for wind power but is also an extremely tough environment. The US wind researchers who worked on vertical axis projects
have always regarded the technology as great to work with at sea because it can be big, tough
and easily managed."
Wind Power’s Aerogenerator project was originally developed in 2005. The first
Aerogenerator X units will be constructed in 2013-14 after two years of
Several companies are in the race to build a 10MW wind powered generator.
According to Wikipedia, the world's largest turbine is currently the Enercon E-126,
with a rated capacity of 7.58 MW, an overall height of 198 m and a diameter of 126 m.
Image: 10MW Aerogenerator X ©2010 Wind Power Limited and Grimshaw
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