by Andrea Willige
Size matters – at least when you’re generating wind energy. The larger and more powerful a wind turbine, the more efficient it will be at producing renewable power.
And MHI Vestas’ new V164-9.5 MW wind turbine is pushing the boundaries of what is possible. At 195m from sea level to blade tip, it stands more than twice as high as the Statue of Liberty. At 80 meters, its blades are bigger than the wingspan of a jumbo jet.
The world’s largest commercially available offshore wind turbine, it has produced 216,000 kWh over a 24-hour period - a record breaking performance for a commercial wind energy system.
100 of these giants will be installed in Moray Firth off Scotland’s east coast, where they will generate enough electricity for around one million homes from 2022. Another 90 will generate renewable energy at the Triton Knoll offshore wind farm in Lincolnshire, England, which will be able to serve over 800,000 UK households per year.