China has launched the anticipated offshore wind turbine ahead of the 20th Party Congress, which began yesterday in Beijing. It has an astounding 252-meter rotor diameter (827 feet) and a power of 13.6 megawatts (MW), according to Electrek.
On October 13, it was revealed that the offshore wind turbine had left the production line in Fuqing City, in the Fujian Province of eastern China.
Currently, China’s wind turbine is recognized as the Asia-Pacific region’s largest single-unit turbine.
Its rotor diameter exceeds the previous record-holder, the V236-15.0 MW turbine from Danish wind power firm Vestas. Compared to China’s 252-meter rotor diameter, it only has a rotor diameter of 236 meters (774 feet).
People’s Daily reported that it has a swept area of 50,000 square meters (538,196 square feet). For comparison, the report implies that it equates to seven standard soccer fields.
Furthermore, Chinese media reports that the new offshore wind turbine has a yearly output capacity of 63.5 million kWh. It is also expected to supply power to 30,000 “three-person households” in China.
In addition, the new wind turbine is believed to potentially cut CO2 emissions by 48,000 tons and coal consumption by 19,000 metric tons.
As per the Global Times report, China has intensified efforts to encourage the development of the nation’s energy sector in a green and low-carbon approach over the past ten years.
Furthermore, clean energy consumption has also been increasing steadily. Coal contributed to 56% of the nation’s overall energy use in 2021. It decreased from 68.5% in 2012. On the other hand, the proportion of natural gas reportedly increased from 4.8% to 8.9% over the same period.
Despite the Chinese media not declaring the turbine manufacturer, it is obvious that it is Goldwind. Kindly refer to the video below:
Notably, Goldwind is a global manufacturer of wind turbines that is based in Beijing. This enormous offshore wind turbine had smashed the previous record for the greatest rotor diameter.
The new wind turbine is a significant engineering achievement that will aid China’s transition from fossil fuels, which will also benefit everyone worldwide.