Lidija Grozdanic

Alstom Completes World's Largest Offshore Wind Turbine Off the Belgian Coast

by , 11/25/13

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The world’s largest offshore wind turbine was recently installed in the waters near Ostend Harbour at the Belwind Wind Farm in Belgium. The 6 MW Haliade 150 wind turbine model, with 73 meter long blades and a 78 meter tower was built by the French company Alstom and is expected to harvest 15 percent more energy than existing offshore wind turbines.



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The large wind turbine will power approximately 5,000 households and require less maintenance than other models used for offshore wind power harvesting. This is possible because the Heliade model has less mechanical parts and operates without a gearbox, while the permanent generator incorporated into the body of the turbine makes it more reliable and cost effective.

The first Heliade 150 turbine went through a series of tests at Le Carnet site in France and successfully obtained the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) power performance measurement in 2012. By installing it at the site in Belgium, Alstom will be able to confirm the turbine’s superior performance within the offshore environment for which it was specifically designed. The turbine was installed with the help of Belwind and will hopefully push the envelope when it comes to the development of innovative wind energy technologies.

+ Alstom

Via Clean Technica

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  1. roughdesigns December 21, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    World wide off shore wind farm – SKYROCKETING
    US off shore wind farms – ZERO
    World wide race for biggest wind gens records fall to country after country, with the US no where in sight.
    Why?
    If you believe the press, and the hundreds of very expensive law suits from tiny but massively funded local “enviornmental groups” (national env. groups actually support wind energy), it is because off shore wind is not enviornmentally sound, so that means Americans and the American gov’t are more concerned about the enviornment than those Europeans and European govt’s.
    If you believe that, I’ve got a bridge for you.

  2. jameswilson November 29, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Great article Lidija, thank you. Next time y’all find yourselves in Belgium, bicycle on over and have a look-see and a listen to these wind-mills. Now Alstom had made the record books, with the world’s largest…Also mentioned in this article is the IEC. The “I” is for international, as in setting the standards for the world. A little amazing, they not only have a long list for the citizen’s of the world of things to tell their governments, they also have a long list entitled; “what’s in it for you,” with no question mark. A list of more “meisms”. Both sides of the street my fellow humans…with no regard for….oh, yeah, that other person…

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