Norway has announced plans to build the world's largest wind turbine. The turbine will measure 533 feet high with a rotor diameter of 475 feet. With that big size will also come big power - the turbine is expected to have a capacity of 10 MW, or enough to power 2,000 homes.
The $67.5 million record-breaking prototype will be three times more powerful than regular-sized turbines. The leap in power will come from reduced weight and less moving parts. It will be tested for two years on land in southwestern Norway to fine-tune the technology but is ultimately destined for offshore use.
The parties involved hope the mega-turbine will help increase the profitability of offshore wind power. The turbine is planned to be installed in 2011.
written by abbie kimber, June 24, 2010
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