Design for 50MW Offshore Wind Turbine Inspired by Hurricane-Resilient Palm Trees
Posted by Jeff Keever on April 16, 2018 10:30 AM EDT
A team of researchers is working to complete the design for a novel 50-megawatt offshore wind turbine, nearly six times more powerful than a record-setting 8.8-megawatt turbine recently deployed off the coast of Scotland. Testing will begin on prototype blades this summer in Colorado.
The massive turbine marks an about-face from conventional wind turbine design. The standard wind turbine installed today is a three-bladed machine positioned with the blades facing incoming winds.