Chinese manufacturer MingYang has just announced the development of a 16 MW offshore turbine. This is enough to supplant in terms of power its main competitors in the booming marine wind segment.
A private Chinese manufacturer could dethrone the American General Electric, which holds the world record for wind power with the Haliade-X, in service in the port of Rotterdam since the end of 2019. GE has already signed a contract for the delivery of wind turbines Haliade-X 14 MW for the Dogger Bank C offshore wind farm, UK.
Ming Yang Wind Power Group Limited announced the development of one of the world’s largest offshore wind turbines with a nominal capacity of 16 MW. Called MySE 16.0-242, this 242-meter-high giant will be equipped with three 118-meter blades capable of sweeping the equivalent of … six football fields (46,000 km2).
Just one of these mega turbines would generate 80,000 MWh of electricity each year, enough to power 20,000 homes.
These typhoon-resistant wind turbines
can be anchored to the seabed or on a floating base, with a lifespan of 25 years.
MingYang said in its press release that the design of the MySE 16.0-242 has already been approved by the certification body DNV (Det Norske Veritas), one of the most renowned in the world, as well as by the Chinese Certification Center (CGC). A first prototype will be built in 2022 to be operational by 2023. Commercial production is scheduled for the first half of 2024.
The wind turbine offered by MingYang Smart Energy will be the most powerful in the world once operational, but it will be followed by other models capable of competing.
In May 2020, the German-Spanish company Siemens Gamesa, the world leader in offshore wind power, announced that it was working on the development of wind turbines with a capacity of up to 15 MW, the largest in the world under construction at the era. The prototype should be ready at the end of this year 2021, with turbines commercially available during 2024.
In February 2021, the Danish Vestas, world number 1 in wind power (all categories combined), unveiled a project for a giant 15 MW turbine intended to catch up with its rivals in the offshore.
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