Chinese renewable energy firm MingYang Smart Energy has announced the construction of the world’s biggest Hybrid Drive wind turbine.
The new MySE 16.0-242 has been designed for high winds conditions and has a capacity of 16MW, a 242-meter diameter rotor, 118-meter long blades, and a 46000m2 swept area equivalent of more than six soccer fields.
“With the industry’s largest rotor and highest nominal rating, MySE 16.0-242 is set to move the boundaries of wind energy production even further,” said the firm in a statement. “A single MySE 16.0-242 turbine can generate 80000MWh of electricity every year, enough to power more than 20000 households. In comparison, it produces 45% more energy than MingYang’s previous turbine model, the MySE 11.0-203.”
MingYang added there are also considerable environmental benefits. Compared to coal-fired power generation, one MySE 16.0-242 can eliminate more than 1.6 million tonnes of CO2 emissions over the course of its designed 25-year lifespan, “making it a strong contributor to achieving the goal of carbon neutrality”.
“The launch of our new largest wind turbine, MySE 16.0-242, is an apt illustration of the three essential drivers to technology evolution – demand, combination and iteration,” says Qiying Zhang, President and CTO of Ming Yang Smart Energy. “In response to demand for anti-typhoon wind turbines in coastal Guangdong, MingYang systematically develops high-quality products by collaborating with global supply chain partners and integrating cutting-edge technologies from industries such as aerospace, materials, and big data.”
“Over the years, we have gained over 10GW cumulative track record and iteration experience with Hybrid-Drive technology. These enable us to have a rapid learning curve in product R&D and position us well to become an offshore wind leader,” he added.