- Jul 7, 2014
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- United Kingdom
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As always, the good small companies get bought up by the big companies, and the poor small companies die.Windturbines, that is for generating power was first done by a Dane named Poul la Cour in 1890.
The V 164 / 9.5 MW turbine remain the king untill the GE Haliade- X comes to the market.
I don't think there are any plans here to go bigger than the V164, but i have heard some wispers of them maybe getting a HW upgrade to boost their output, but probably not over the claimed 12 MW of the Haliade X model.
PS, For GM to be able to make that turbine, they had to buy Danish LM wind power, that make wind turbine blades.
Those Haliade X blades are being destruction tested in Scotland by a UK company that was recently bought out, but then most decent UK companies are foreign owned by the time they start making decent money!
I've not heard of anything in the pipeline greater than 12MW, but the basic science says that like memory cards, the next step is a 16MW model. The difficulty is constructing them, we have gone past using cranes, we now need special purpose ships, but those ships are still relatively small and can easily be made big enough for 16 and 32MW models if the money is available, and the money is available now we are ordering 6GW wind farms. Doubling the blade length gives something like 6x the electricity, massive economy of scale.
Glass fibre rather than carbon, they don't need to be lightweight, no need to accelerate fast, in fact some inertia is good.It's remarkable what is being done with carbon fiber these days.
Not convinced that those Tesla batteries make sense for a multi-GW windfarm, need something on a different scale.