Gallery: Spain to Build World’s Largest Wind Turbine

 

Bad luck, Norway — just when they thought they had secured the title of world’s largest wind turbine with a 10MW installation, Spain swooped in to steal their thunder. Spanish wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa has announced that they are constructing an epic 15MW wind turbine that will help them address certain technical and financial troubles associated with offshore wind development

The project, named Azimut, finds Gamesa working with 11 other wind and engineering firms as well as 22 research centers. The supermassive turbine is rumoured to cost €25 million ($33.3 million) and it will be built using 100% Spanish technology. The main partners and participating firms in the development are Alstom Wind, Acciona Windpower, Iberdrola Renovables and Acciona Energía.

In a statement, Gamesa said; “(We) will head activities related to offshore wind energy capture, Acciona Windpower will be responsible for electricity conversion technologies; Alstom Wind will manage the marine structure and substructure segment; Acciona Energía will head construction, operation and maintenance at offshore sites; with Iberdrola Renovables managing the integration of offshore wind energy into the electricity grid.”

The project is expected to be finished and completely online by 2020.

+ Gamesa

Via Reve

Lead photo © Eli Duke

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  1. zepaly December 6, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    A nuclear power plant has to get rid of spent fuel rods, and they are still radio active after 500 000 years, thats a long time to keep a lid on something that dangerous. There are other turbine designs more appealing than this. Some people see it as an eyesore, so when it comes around to actually build this thing it will be voted off everyone’s backyard!

  2. rkan December 6, 2010 at 4:56 am

    So a hundred of those makes the same amount of electricity as a new-gen Nuclear plant. On a good day ofcourse..1

  3. jason22 December 4, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    superb!

  4. ines p December 2, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Congratulations to Spanish people! :)

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