China has recently unveiled the largest wind turbine in the country with a 210-metre diameter rotor. The giant offshore turbine has been developed indigenously and will be put into production soon, according to the science of technology bureau of the Southwest (SW) China’s Chongqing Municipality.
The turbine is China’s first wind turbine to have a rotor diameter of over 200 metres and the H210-10MW mammoth has a unit capacity of 10 megawatts (MW). Developed by China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) and Haizhuang Windpower Co. Ltd., this engineering marvel is the result of two years of R&D. It was certified for Chinese waters by China Electric Power Research Institute (CEPRI) during its unveiling.
Han Huali, the director of the research institute at HZ Windpower stated that once put into operation, each unit could generate about 40 million kWh of electricity annually. The power generated is enough to meet the needs of 40,000 households. He also explained that the electricity generated will double the unit energy production of the 5-MW turbines that are currently in use.
Despite their difficult track record with pollution, China currently ranks 1st in the world in installed capacity of wind power and has been actively promoting its green and low-carbon sector. In 2018, the country installed onshore wind energy production up to 20.2 GW (representing 44% of global market share) and offshore wind farms capable of 1.6 GW.