World’s largest wind turbine can power 8,000 homes

The new wind turbine is capable of producing 9.5 megawatts of electricity on its own, enough to power more than 8,000 homes.

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The world has never produced the amount of wind power that it produces today because of the advances in technology ever year.

According to Quartzthe new wind turbine was produced by Danish company, MHI Vestas and is an upgrade to their V164 model which was able to produce only 8 MW of electricity. Changes made include the installation of a redesigned gearbox and a new cooling system.

“These wind turbines are really large,” writes Akshat Rathi. “The V164’s three blades are each about 80 meters long, which is about the length of a soccer field. Each blade weighs about 35,000 kilograms. When they rotate, they cover an area that’s more than 10 baseball fields.”

Such large turbines are usually found offshore to avoid backlash with nearby residents who might complain about the view and noise. However, some of the Enercon’s E-126 turbines, which can produce 7.5 MW of electricity have been installed on dry lands in Germany and Belgium.

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