06 Jul '11, 2pm

How big can wind turbines get? New technologies will be needed to get to 10 MW, and possibly beyond

How big can wind turbines get? New technologies will be needed to get to 10 MW, and possibly beyond

How big can wind turbines get? New technologies will be needed to get to 10 MW, and possibly beyond Anti-wind groups won’t be happy to read this, but for the rest of us — the majority — who see wind energy as part of the solution to a low-carbon future, then you’ll be happy to read about efforts underway to make wind turbines that are more powerful, lighter and more reliable. I explore some of these in my latest piece for MIT Technology Review . This is particularly crucial if we are to responsibly tap into the vast wind resources located in offshore locations. Going offshore offers the ability to harness much stronger and more consistent winds with larger and higher performing machines, but it also makes it more difficult to do maintenance and repairs. Most onshore wind turbines of 2 or 3 megawatts in size have gearboxes to match the slower turbine rotor speed with the hi...

Full article: http://www.cleanbreak.ca/2011/07/06/how-big-can-wind-turb...

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