The world’s longest wind turbine on show in Denmark
The longest-ever wind turbine in the world has been unveiled in Denmark. The turbine, which is set to be a game-changer in the offshore wind farm sector, measures 88.4 metres in length.
The completion of the turbine was announced by Adwen and LM Wind Power, manufacturers of offshore wind turbines and turbine rotor blade suppliers respectively.
Adwen has designed the turns specifically for its AD 8-180 wind turbine model. This model has a nominal capacity of 8MW and a rotor diameter of 180 metres.
A number of factors were taken into consideration during the designing and production of the turbine. According to LM Wind Power, these factors include production cost, blade weight, swept area and energy produced, as well as the load carried by the wind turbine.
The turbine’s design allows for scalability, a factor that gives room for Adwen’s development of its 8MW platform.
“The LM 88.4 P blade is an extraordinary example of industrialised innovation at record breaking scale,” said LM Wind Power Chief Executive Marc de Jong. “It is based on innovation building blocks, rooted in 35 years of real life experience, in the design, technology and manufacturing of ultra-long, reliable blades,” he added.
Adwen’s General Manager, Luis Alvarez, said that the project underlines the company as a trailblazer in the offshore wind industry.
“When you are building the largest wind turbine in the world, almost everything you do is an unprecedented challenge,” Alvarez said in a statement.
Adwen, a joint venture between Gamesa, a Spanish wind power giant, and Areva, a renewables company, is set to transport the turbine to their Aalborg facility in northern Denmark for testing.
The success of this project underlines the focus placed on renewable energy in recent years. As it is for now, innovation in this sector just shot through the roof. The world should brace itself to witness many more of such innovations in days ahead.