Work begins on the world’s biggest wind turbine

Work begins on the world’s biggest wind turbine

Work begins on the world’s biggest wind turbine

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The world’s largest wind turbine is being constructed in Denmark following the completion of the enormous rotor blades that will power it.

Just one of its three blades stretches more than 290 feet and when complete it will be able to provide power for a small town of more than 10,000 homes.

The Adwen AD8-180 will stand on a mast more than 295 feet (90 metres) tall when its installed, engineers say.

The world's largest wind turbine blade, the LM 88.4 P (pictured), has just been completed at a factory in Denmark. It will be used on the largest turbine in the world, which will tower almost 590 feet (180 metres) high when complete and will be capable of generating up to 8MW of energy, enough to power 10,000 homes

The world’s largest wind turbine blade, the LM 88.4 P (pictured), has just been completed at a factory in Denmark. It will be used on the largest turbine in the world, which will tower almost 590 feet (180 metres) high when complete and will be capable of generating up to 8MW of energy, enough to power 10,000 homes

With a blade diameter of 590 feet (180m) it will be 33 per cent bigger than the iconic London Eye.

The first onshore prototype of the 8 MW system will be installed by the end of the year in Bremerhaven, Germany.

But these enormous turbines are scheduled to form part of three huge offshore wind farms in France, each with a capacity of 500 MW of energy.

Just a single of these huge turbines is able to generate up to 8 MW of power if it gets enough wind – enough to power more than 10,000 homes.

The blades, which have been produced by Danish firm LM Wind Power with Adwen, are so big that the roads they are transported on need to be shut to public traffic.

Luis Álvarez, Adwen general manager, said ‘When you are building the largest wind turbine in the world, almost everything you do is an unprecedented challenge.