A Monster Wind Turbine Is Upending an Industry
Twirling above a strip of land at the mouth of Rotterdam’s harbor is a wind turbine so large it is difficult to photograph. The turning diameter of its rotor is longer than two American football fields end to end. Later models will be taller than any building on the mainland of Western Europe.
Packed with sensors gathering data on wind speeds, electricity output and stresses on its components, the giant whirling machine in the Netherlands is a test model for a new series of giant offshore wind turbines planned by General Electric. Giant turbines have turned heads in the industry.
A top executive at the world’s leading wind farm developer called it a “bit of a leapfrog over the latest technology.” The machine’s size and advance sales have “shaken the industry.” See what’s next.
G.E.’s giant machine, which can light up a small town, is stoking a renewable-energy arms race.