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Wind turbine with blades larger than the Statue of Liberty breaks world record

A wind turbine has broken the record for the most power generated by the wind in a 24-hour period.

Siemens Gamesa’s prototype 14-222 DD offshore wind turbine, located at a test center in Osterild, Denmark, generated 359 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity in 24 hours. By comparison, each New York City resident uses 13,452 kilowatt hours (kWh) during each year. One megawatt equals 1,000 kilowatts, which means the turbine generated enough energy to supply one person with electricity for 27 years.

Wind turbines are giant windmills that convert the kinetic energy of wind into electrical energy. Gusts of wind spin the propeller-shaped blades around a rotor, spinning a generator and creating electricity, which can then be sent to the country’s national grid.

According to the International Energy Agency, wind power produced 1,870 terawatt hours of electricity in 2021, almost as much as all other non-hydro renewable energy sources combined. Wind energy represents 9.2% of all energy used in the United States, as of February 2022, according to the US Energy Information Administration.

This specific record turbine consists of a 728 foot diameter rotor, with 354 foot blades. The Statue of Liberty is only 151 feet tall and stands on a 154-foot pedestal, making the height of the entire sculpture 305 feet tall.

“By increasing the rotor diameter to 222 meters with 108 meter long blades, the SG 14-222 DD offers more than 25% [annual energy production] AEP compared to its predecessor,” Siemens Gamesa said in a statement.

“With each new generation of our offshore direct drive turbine technology, which uses fewer moving parts than geared turbines, component improvements have enabled better performance while maintaining reliability. We are able to reduce lead time to bring the SG 14-222 DD to market through a fully developed process standard and supply chain. Enable high-volume, low-risk production. Mass production is planned for 2024.”

According to Siemens Gamesa, each SG 14-222 DD turbine will be able to provide enough energy to power approximately 18,000 homes per year.

This broken record is a step forward in the global transition to renewable energy and away from fossil fuels.

“I don’t want to overstate the significance of this achievement. But generally speaking, wind turbines just keep getting bigger. The industry has for decades believed that we’re approaching a certain upper limit for the size of wind turbines – only to be wrong, as bigger and bigger machines were designed and built,” said Ryan Wiser, senior scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Pleasemynews.

“It’s a rather astonishing feat of human ingenuity and talent in engineering and science. Why it matters is simple: larger turbines tend to produce cheaper electricity than larger turbines. This particular turbine is designed for offshore use, and the larger the turbine, the less turbines there are, and foundations, and [operation and maintenance] personnel needed for a given amount of electricity produced,” he said.

Sixty of these record-breaking SG 14-222 DD offshore wind turbines are set to be installed at the Moray West offshore wind farm in Scotland.

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