China’s MingYang Smart Energy Group (SHA:601615) has unveiled a 16-MW hybrid-drive offshore wind turbine with a 242-metre (794-feet) rotor, which is to enter commercial production in 2024.
The MySE 16.0-242 machine with 118-metre-long blades will have a swept area greater than six soccer fields. A single turbine will be able to produce some 80 million kWh of power annually and supply over 20,000 households. It will generate 45% more energy than MingYang’s previous turbine model, the MySE 11.0-203.
The new hybrid-drive turbine model is designed for high-wind sites and will be capable of withstanding typhoon-class weather conditions. It has been certified by DNV and China General Certification Center (CGC) for design.
MingYang aims to install a prototype in the first half of 2023 and roll out commercial production in the first half of 2024.
MingYang already offers a number of light-weight offshore turbine models – ranging from 5.5 MW to 11 MW. The new product sets the stage for a 15 MW+ turbine platform that will eventually offer different versions fit for different offshore settings, the manufacturer said.
In February, Denmark's Vestas Wind Systems A/S introduced to the market a new 15-MW offshore wind turbine model with a targeted serial production in 2024, thus surpassing the 14-MW rating of the latest models announced by rivals Siemens Gamesa and GE Renewables Energy.
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