EU research sees 20-MW turbines on horizon
Press release from the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA):
“20 Megawatt wind turbines are feasible, according to a new report from the EU-funded UpWind project, published today at the EWEA 2011 Annual Event in Brussels.
“The UpWind project explored the design limits of upscaling wind turbines to 20 Megawatt (MW) and found that they would have rotor diameters of around 200 metres, compared to some 120 metres on today's 5 MW turbines.
“Such turbines could be a solution for expanding Europe's offshore wind energy capacity, providing several times more electricity at lower costs than today's turbines.
“EWEA forecasts that wind energy will meet 26-34% of Europe's electricity demand power by 2030, with almost as much electricity coming from offshore turbines as from those onshore. … ” Full release here.