World’s tallest wind turbine going up now in Germany

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

The Eiffel Tower is 324 m tall; the Empire State building, 380 m. Pretty soon, wind turbines might be competing with those heights, to judge from recent developments.

share
Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Renewables International

The hub height alone is 165 m. Add on another 65 for the blades, and the top blade tip will reach 230 m into the sky.

The Eiffel Tower is 324 m tall; the Empire State building, 380 m. Pretty soon, wind turbines might be competing with those heights, to judge from recent developments.

According to Jürgen Quentin of FA-Wind, a new turbine currently being built in the county of Rhein-Hunsrück will be the largest one in the world when it is completed in a few months. Permits for two additional turbines of this type have also been applied for in the area – and 35 other such machines have already received permits and are in the pipeline. The information is available from FA-Wind’s recent overview of the German wind sector in the first quarter of 2016 (PDF in German).

 The turbine is Nordex’s light-wind N131 model. The one on that website has a 3 MW generator, but the one being built right now as an output of 3.3 MW.

The unit is an example of what Bernard Chabot calls the silent wind revolution: towers becoming taller and rotor blades longer relative to generator size. Indeed, 3.3 MW is only slightly larger than the average generator currently installed in Germany and not even half the size of the largest generator available.



Taller towers put the rotor blades into an area of less turbulence and steadier wind speeds, while the longer blades increase the swept area – and hence, the energy that impacts the generator. It then remains relatively modest in size so that it can run near maximum output under modest wind conditions. FA-Wind says the data for Q1 2016 show a continued to trend towards light-wind machines.

 

Source: Renewables International. Re-produced with permission.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

4 Comments
  1. George Papadopoulos 3 years ago

    An ever worsening recipe for local micro-climate change… perhaps more than just that

    • onesecond 3 years ago

      And don’t forget the monsters under your bed.

      • MaxG 3 years ago

        It is a matter of physics: actio = reactio
        When energy is removed to drive a trubine, say 20kW/h, then this energy is no longer available ‘down stream’. As such, flora growing down stream, may change due to a change in wind conditions, which may cause a change in fauna species, and so on.
        This is certainly true; however, what wasn’t raised at all: whether this is a concern, whether it is good or bad.
        So, all I am saying is, solely based on physics, a micro-climate change is very feasible.
        … no need to ridicule the OP.

        • onesecond 3 years ago

          I am totally aware of the fact that wind turbines have an influence on the micro-climate. It is just that this should be your absolutely least concern. Every house on earth has an influence on the microclimate, as has every street and every passing car. The problem is climate change on a global scale, not truly tiny alterations on a local level.

Comments are closed.

Get up to 3 quotes from pre-vetted solar (and battery) installers.