World - Vestas Takes GE’s ‘World’s Largest Offshore Wind Turbine’ Title
Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas today announced the launch of its new offshore wind turbine – the V236-15.0MW. It replaces US conglomerate GE’s 14MW Haliade-X as having the distinction of being the world’s largest offshore wind turbine.
The V236-15.0MW will have will have a rotor diameter of 774 feet (236 meters) and a wind-swept area of 470,845 square feet (43,743 square meters).
In comparison, GE’s Haliade-X has a rotor diameter of 722 feet (220 meters) and a wind-swept area of 409,168 square feet (38,013 square meters).
GE’s 14MW Haliade-X turbines will be used for the first time at Equinor’s and SSE’s Dogger Bank, the world’s largest offshore wind farm, as Electrek reported on December 18. Installation of the 14MW Haliade-X turbines is set to begin in 2025 ahead of completion of the whole Dogger Bank project in 2026.
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy is also working on a 14MW turbine that will also be able to be boosted to 15 MW if required.
The Vestas V236-15.0MW
The Vestas V236-15.0MW boosts wind energy production to around 80 GWh/year, enough to power around 20,000 European households and save more than 38,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of removing 25,000 passenger cars from the road annually.