23 Mar '12, 1pm

One giant, offshore wind turbine can provide power for 6,000 people

One giant, offshore wind turbine can provide power for 6,000 people

Off the coast of Belgium, truly gigantic wind turbines are going up . They’re rated at 6.15 megawatts. The blades of these monsters cover the surface are of two soccer fields, according to RWE Innogy, the German company behind the project. The hub holding the gear that makes the electricity? It’s the size of a two-family home. Just one of these things can provide power for 6,000 people. It’s hard to get a sense from the photo above how big wind turbines like this are, because the sea is so massive. But check out this video of a six megawatt rated wind turbine … it’s just huge. Putting these six megawatt turbines out to sea means scaling up the size of the turbines in the wind farm they’ll be part of. (To date the biggest out there were rated at five megawatts.) That offshore wind turbines this big are going into use is just one more clear sign that wind can provide reliabl...

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