China’s MingYang unveils new ‘world’s largest’ offshore wind turbine

China’s MingYang Smart Energy Group has hoisted itself into the upper echelons of the offshore wind industry by unveiling a 16MW hybrid-drive offshore wind turbine with a 242 metre rotor.

The MySE 16.0-242 will become the world’s largest offshore wind turbine when it enters commercial production in 2024, boasting 118 metre-long blades with a swept area greater than six football fields.

A single turbine will be able to produce 80 million kWh of power annually, supplying over 20,000 households. Additionally, it will generate 45% more energy than MingYang’s previous turbine model.

“The launch of our new largest wind turbine, MySE 16.0-242, is an apt illustration of the three essential drivers to technology evolution – demand, combination and iteration,” said Qiying Zhang, president and CTO of Ming Yang.

“In response to demand for anti-typhoon wind turbines in coastal Guangdong, MingYang systematically develops high-quality products by collaborating with global supply chain partners and integrating cutting-edge technologies from industries such as aerospace, materials and big data.”

MingYang’s latest product innovation pushes it ahead of the three major wind turbine developers in the West: Vestas, Siemens Gamesa, and GE Renewable Energy. In February, Denmark’s Vestas revealed its latest 15MW model – the world’s largest wind turbine until MingYang’s announcement.