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The largest and most powerful wind generator in the world. What is he like?

 Haliade-C wind generator



The rapid development of green energy provoked participants in this market to create an invisible number of windmills. These gigantic wind turbines fascinate and delight in the chance of getting more green electricity.

Engineers are convinced of the possibility of increasing their productivity, they are refined in all sorts of options for improving old models. In order to obtain more electricity, they place the plants at different angles to each other to capture all directions of the wind, but here a new problem also appeared: the blades of neighboring windmills destroy the air flow, which subsequently reduces the performance of subsequent plants.

The main task in the development of the wind park is to provide each of the turbines with free access to the fastest air flow, which will serve as a source of more electricity. Based on the fact that the air flows between the windmills are weaker than above them, it is possible to increase the efficiency of turbines by mixing these flows. Another option is to install a new type of turbine, in which the blades rotate in a vertical plane, and not in a horizontal one. Vertical wind generators provide more powerful wind flows, especially if the blades of neighboring plants rotate in opposite directions.

Thus, an increase in the productivity of wind power plants is possible not by increasing the number of turbines, but by optimizing their type and location in relation to each other and the landscape.

Thousands of studies have enabled scientists to gain good experience in this field, improve existing mechanisms and come up with new inventions.

So, a new discovery in the field of alternative energy was the giant marine wind generator Haliade-X from GE Renewable Energy, which the well-known TIME magazine included in the list of the best inventions that "make the world a better, smarter and more fun." The height of this “colossus” is 260 meters (which exceeds the height of the statue of liberty), the span of the blades is 107 meters. Throughout the year, this turbine is capable of generating 45% more energy than any other wind generator, which indicates that with the help of it it will be possible to provide 16 thousand average residential buildings. Such a breakthrough in increasing efficiency was the result of the use of a number of the most advanced innovative technologies in the design of the turbine.
 
Another plus in this story was the fact that, due to the use of fewer turbines, the amount of capital investments, equipment maintenance costs and operating expenses are correspondingly reduced.

Some offshore projects are already considering the new Haliade-X model to be the main wind turbine. Its purchase is planned for Dogger Bank station with a capacity of 3600 MW off the coast of Britain and for the American project Ocean Wind with a capacity of 1100 MW.

To date, the Dutch central network is already receiving electricity generated by a Haliade-X (GE Renewable Energy) wind turbine. Her prototype was installed in the port of Maasvlakte-Rotterdam, the Netherlands. This installation has already managed to declare itself, the manufacturer says, because one day it produced 262 MWh of energy, which is enough to provide electricity to 30,000 households.


An interesting fact was that at first the manufacturer company planned to use the Haliade-X on land in order to “simplify testing,” but in the end it was decided to place it in the sea. In the near future, the company plans to release a commercial version of Haliade-X, as well as to ensure mass production.

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