Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Belgium Claims World's Largest Offshore Wind Turbine

(Credit: Alstom) Click to enlarge.
The largest offshore wind turbine on the planet is now spinning off of the coast of Belgium at the Belwind site.  Alstom produced the six-megawatt Haliade turbine and installed it off of the Ostend harbor last weekend.

The blades stretch out more than 73 meters and the turbine towers more than 100 meters above sea level.  The turbine does not have a gearbox but instead uses a permanent-magnet generator.  Fewer mechanical parts means less maintenance and higher reliability, according to Alstom.

The size and mechanical configuration will allow the turbine to produce about 15 percent more power than existing offshore turbines and can supply electricity to about 5000 households.

Belgium Claims World's Largest Offshore Wind Turbine

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