China’s MingYang Smart Energy has begun construction of the world’s largest offshore wind turbine. The MySE 16.0-242 facility with a capacity of up to 16 MW will displace the former record holder – the 14 MW Haliade-X generator from General Electric, which has already begun operation in France.
The MySE 16.0-242 is a structure over 250 m high. The turbine will be capable of generating enough electricity to power 20,000 homes for 25 years. One generator of this type is capable of producing up to 80,000 MWh annually, 45% more than the company’s previous version, MySE 11.0-203.
When the new MingYang turbine is operational, its 118-meter blades will be capable of covering 46,000 square meters during operation. During the life cycle, the model will avoid the emission of 1.6 million tons of carbon dioxide, which would have been produced by a thermal power plant when generating a similar amount of energy.
MingYang notes that the MySE 16.0-242 generators can be anchored to the bottom or mounted on a floating base. The total height of the structure will be 264 m, the length of the blades is 118 m, and the rotor diameter is 242 m.
Unlike the GE Haliade-X 14 generator mentioned at the beginning, which has already been put into operation, MySE 16.0-242 is still in development. The prototype will be fully completed in 2022, and its installation will take place in the first half of 2023. Commercial series production of these turbines is scheduled for the first half of 2024.
MingYang intends to expand its global presence and serve customers in all regions of the world where high capacity wind turbines can be built, including Europe, the Americas and the Asia-Pacific region. As part of its global expansion strategy, MingYang has already opened a business office and engineering center in Hamburg and is exploring the possibility of developing production facilities outside of China.