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Germany Unleashes World's Toughest Wind Turbines

The first turbines designed specifically for offshore wind energy are finally ready for deployment in Germany after 10 years of development. Areva’s turbines are waterproofed, light, and have a simplified design— meaning they are easy to install and maintain. At full power, each 5MW turbine can supply enough energy for 5,000 homes.

The 120m blades are reinforced with carbon fiber to make them as light as possible, and all of the mechanisms needed to change their position are encased to prevent damage from sea air. In case of technical failure, sensors and power management systems are installed in duplicate.

Additionally, the turbine’s generator and engineering components are hermetically sealed.

Areva plans on installing 6 of the 90m tall turbines as part of Germany’s first offshore wind project, located 45km off the island of Borkum. The turbines should be completed by the end of this summer.

Photo Credit: Multibrid

 

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