A wind turbine prototype has just broken the world record for wind energy over 24 hours

A wind turbine prototype has just broken the world record for wind energy over 24 hours

Siemens Gamesa’s 14-222 DD offshore wind turbine prototype has, according to the Spanish-German wind giant today, set a world record for the most power produced by a single wind turbine in a 24-hour period: 359 megawatt hours.

That would be enough energy, the company says, for a mid-size electric vehicle — think a Tesla Model 3 — to travel about 1.12 million miles (1.8 million km).

Siemens Gamesa’s massive wind turbine has reached this power production milestone just 10 months after producing its first electricity and delivering it to the grid at the test center in Østerild, Denmark.

The SG 14-222 DD is a 14 megawatt (MW) offshore wind turbine with a capacity of up to 15 MW with Power Boost.

It features a 222-meter (728-foot) diameter rotor, 108-meter-long (354-foot-long) B108 blades that are cast in one piece and can now be recycled, and a swept area of ​​39,000 square meters. (419,792 square feet).

The SG 14-222 DD can provide enough energy to power approximately 18,000 homes per year.

Siemens Gamesa writes:

By increasing the rotor diameter to 222 meters with 108 meter long blades, the SG 14-222 DD offers more than 25% [annual energy production] AEP compared to its predecessor.

With each new generation of our offshore direct drive turbine technology – which uses fewer moving parts than geared turbines – component improvements have resulted in improved performance while maintaining reliability. We are able to reduce the time to market of the SG 14-222 DD through standardized processes and a fully developed supply chain. Enable high-volume, low-risk production. Serial production is scheduled for 2024.

In June, Siemens Gamesa won a firm order for 60 of its SG 14-222 DD offshore wind turbines, which will be installed at the 882 megawatt (MW) Moray West offshore wind farm in Scotland. This will be the first installation of this model.

Read more: The world’s most powerful wind turbine will make its debut in Scotland

Photo: Siemens Gamesa

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