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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 03:47 PM

Largest wind turbine placed in Belgium

ESSEN, Germany, March 22 (UPI) -- A wind turbine capable of generating 6 megawatts of power, the world's most powerful, was installed off the Belgian coast, a German energy company said.

German energy company RWE Innogy announced a turbine with a rated capacity of 6.15 megawatts was installed at the offshore Thornton Bank wind farm.

"The installation of the first 6 MW turbine in a commercial offshore wind farm is an important milestone for the entire offshore wind industry," Martin Skiba, head of offshore wind power, said in a statement. "It marks another step along the road towards larger offshore wind power plants with ever more powerful machines."

The entire Thornton Bank power plant would generate about 325 MW of power, enough to meet the yearly electricity demands of around 600,000 people. RWE said the 6 MW turbine can meet the demands of 6,000 people.


More: http://www.upi.com/Business_News/Energy-Resources/2012/03/22/Largest-wind-turbine-placed-in-Belgium/UPI-42731332426368/

I see 'people' has replaced 'homes' as the SI unit of energy. Rant, rave...

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Dead_Parrot Mar 2012 OP
FBaggins Mar 2012 #1
Confusious Mar 2012 #2
kristopher Mar 2012 #3
Confusious Mar 2012 #4
FogerRox Mar 2012 #5

Response to Dead_Parrot (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 03:53 PM

1. Simply incredible. Need pics!

I see 'people' has replaced 'homes' as the SI unit of energy. Rant, rave...

And their math appears faulty. If a 6MW turbine produces enough for 6,000 people... roughly 50 times as much generation should support roughly 300,000 people... not 600,000.

But I do like that "SI unit" better if it's truly a measure of kWh/year vs. demand per person in kWh/year. It's still not a clean comparison... but it's lots closer.

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Response to Dead_Parrot (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 05:04 PM

2. It's inflation

Same thing happened to other industries:

PMPO instead of RMS Watts

1,000,000,000 bytes instead of 1,073,741,824 bytes

Makes it sound more impressive then it actually is.

next step: it will power 10,000,000 light bulbs.

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Response to Confusious (Reply #2)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 05:16 PM

3. A 6mw turbine and all you can do is carp about that kind of crap?

Under the words "sour grapes" in the dictionary is a picture of a group of internet nuclear proponents.

BTW did you notice this?
Germany's Alpha Ventus Offshore Wind Farm Exceeds Projected Yield
Alpha Ventus Offshore Wind Farm Exceeds Projected Yield

The offshore wind farm alpha ventus located 45 kilometres north of island of Borkum in the North Sea exceeded the projected wind yield in 2011 by roughly 15%, the alpha ventus consortium DOTI informed.

In total the twelve wind power turbines of Germany’s first offshore wind farm fed over 267 gigawatt hours of electricity into the German power grid, DOTI said.

“The exceptionally high power yields achieved by alpha ventus in 2011 are due primarily to the nearly constant and excellent wind conditions at the wind farm and a high turbine availability of up to 97 percent”, DOTI’s Managing Director and General Project Manager Dr. Claus Burkhardt of EWE explained. The alpha ventus offshore test field proved that offshore wind farms could be economically and commercially viable in Germany in the long term despite challenging conditions, such as long distances from coastlines and great water depths, he pointed out. He called on the government to quickly eliminate obstacles that were currently impeding industry growth and development, naming in particular the uncertain and slow grid connection for planned offshore wind farms in the German North Sea and Baltic Sea.

http://www.alpha-ventus.de/index.php?id=80

The test facility has 60MW of installed capacity and the projected output was 220GWh, which would equal a capacity factor of 42%. The actual output of 267GWh equals a CF of just under 51%.

More than 2000 wind turbines were permitted during 2011, and there has been convened a working group tasked with "acceleration of offshore wind farm grid connections

http://www.democraticunderground.com/11279442

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Response to kristopher (Reply #3)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 05:26 PM

4. Did you say something?

Don't really care.

Give it up.

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Response to Dead_Parrot (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 05:38 PM

5. Efforts to get to 15MW are ongoing

Last year GE got a 3 million grant to look at compposites and MRI tech in an effort to reach 15Mw, IIRC there is a consortium from Spain doing similar R&D.

6Mw is great news, expected tho. With HVDC offshore supergrids proposed for the East coast of the US and the North Sea, this is exciting.

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