China is building the world’s largest wind power plant
18 megawatts of peak power
- The state-owned China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) has produced a wind power plant with a rotor diameter of 252 meters
- The world’s largest wind turbine can produce electricity for 40,000 households and, under ideal conditions, charge an electric car with just one revolution of the rotor
A Chinese company has produced a wind turbine with a rotor diameter of 260 meters. The largest wind power plant in the world can supply 40,000 households with electricity and significantly reduces the costs of offshore wind farms.
Beijing (China). In October 2022, the Chinese company Goldwind produced the world’s largest wind turbine with a rotor diameter of 252 meters. Now the China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), a state-owned company, has announced the construction of an even larger wind power plant . According to the company, the components of the H260-18MW wind turbine have already been completed. The largest wind power plant in the world has not yet been installed.
The rotor diameter of the H260-18MW wind turbine is 260 meters and the tower is 150 meters high. According to the CSSC, the wind power plant with its wind area of around 53,000 square meters should achieve a maximum output of 18 megawatts.
74 million kilowatt hours of electricity
The wind turbine is expected to generate 74 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually. About 40,000 households in China can be supplied with it. Under ideal conditions, one rotation of the wind turbine generates 44.8 kilowatt hours of electrical energy. That is enough to charge the battery of a smaller electric car.
CSSC also explains that the large wind turbines are significantly more economical. Only 55 of the new 18-megawatt wind turbines are needed to set up an offshore wind farm with a peak output of one gigawatt (GW). Compared to 16 megawatt wind turbines, of which 63 would be necessary, this reduces the construction costs of the wind farm by around 14 million euros.
Record production of a wind turbine in Europe
In the European Union (EU) and the USA, work is also being done on ever larger and therefore more powerful wind turbines. In October 2022, for example, Siemens Gamesa produced 359 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity within 24 hours with a prototype SG 14-222 DD wind turbine , setting a new world record.