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World's Largest Wind Turbine Can Power A House For Two Days With One Spin

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World's Largest Wind Turbine Can Power A House For Two Days With One Spin

US company General Electric has created a wind turbine that is so powerful that it can power a household for two full days with only one spin of its mighty blades.

That's great news, because we need to get going with creating as much clean and renewable energy as we possibly can before the ice caps melt and we all end up in more serious danger than we're already in.

These incredible wind-powered generators are part of a project called Vineyard Wind, which will be installed off the coast of Massachusetts on the eastern side of the USA.

That project will utilise a number of these remarkable whirligigs, known as the GE Haliade X.

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The GE Haliade X really is a remarkable bit of kit. It can generate a capacity of 13 megawatts (MW) which makes it the most powerful wind turbine in the world.

Pretty impressive, and really important, too.

Credit: GE Renewables
Credit: GE Renewables

Speaking in a press statement at the end of last year, Vineyard Wind CEO Lars T. Pedersen explained just how important this development is.

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He said: "The selection of GE as our preferred turbine supplier means that a historic American company will play a vital role in the development of the first commercial scale offshore wind power in the US.

"This is a huge moment not only for the future of our project but also for the future of an industry that is poised for exponential growth in the coming decades."

Whilst these types of large off-shore wind farms are commonplace in the UK and Europe, these machines will be much larger and more powerful over in the USA.

They've always got to go and do things bigger, don't they?

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Credit: GE Renewables
Credit: GE Renewables

As we've covered, the GE Haliade X can power a house for two days with just one spin of the blades. That totals up to around 312 MWh each day.

That places it well ahead of the previous leader in global record energy-producing turbines. In case you're interested, that was a previous model of the same wind turbine.

They've just made this one bigger, and capable of producing more juice to power homes, businesses, and - well - everything really.

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John Rogers, from the Union of Concerned Scientists, claims that each turbine can power a house every seven seconds, meaning that they'll likely build loads of these in the USA and help to produce much-needed clean energy in one of the biggest and most populous countries in the world.

Featured Image Credit: GE Renewables

Topics: Environment, World News, Interesting, US News, Technology

Tom Wood
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