21 Jun '13, 4pm

A Window on the Future of Offshore Wind Turbines via @zite

LONDON -- With over 5 GW of global installed capacity, representing about 2 percent of total installed wind power capacity according to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC)'s latest market report, and with a whopping 80 GW projected to be installed by 2020, the offshore wind market is picking up speed. In this second part of our look at the latest developments in wind technology, we look offshore where larger turbines are becoming the new normal. For example, early in February 2013 Areva Wind began installing its latest 5 MW offshore prototype, the M5000-135, with 135-metre rotor, onshore in Germany near Bremerhaven. The evolution of the existing M5000-116 machine will see new 66 metre blades, a swept area greater by close to a third - reaching 14,326 m² - and a tower of 135 metres. The new version also has a lighter nacelle and additional improvements to condition monito...

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