The new model is set to exceed the power ratings and rotor sizes of similar turbines from rival manufacturers.
The Chinese manufacturer MingYang Smart Energy has recently revealed the specifications of their next offshore wind turbine, the MySE 16.0-242.
The most notable feature of the new turbine is the 242-metre rotor diameter and 118-metre-long blades that will create a wind-swept area of slightly under 46,000 square metres, the equivalent of over six football fields.
Producing 45% more energy than MingYang’s previous model, the MySE 16.0-242 will reportedly generate 80,000 MWh of electricity annually, which is enough to power over 20,000 homes.
According to MingYang, the nacelle weight of the new turbine is markedly less than other turbines in the same category, coming in at 37 tonnes per MW, increasing the efficiency of the tower and foundation construction and resulting in less materials and logistics.
MingYang have also made improvements to their Hybrid-Drive transmission technologies, including the medium-speed planetary gearbox with load sharing and forced high precision main bearing lubrication. These improvements are said to provide excellent boosts to both efficiency and economic performance.
The MySE 12.0-242 is also said to include new advantages through innovative offshore based features and technologies.
When will production begin?
With DNV GL and the China General Certification Center having already certified the MySE16.0-242 design, MingYang plans to complete production of the first prototype by the end of 2022 and have it installed in the first 6 months of 2023. Commercial production is slated to then begin in the first half of 2024.
Hailed as the beginning of MingYang’s new product platform for 15MW-plus offshore turbines, the manufacturer plans to introduce different models for different offshore environments such as the South China Sea, which experiences a lot of typhoons, and the often-windy North Sea in Europe.
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