With the help of a typhoon raging off the coast of China, an offshore wind turbine – the world’s largest – was able to break the record for single-day power generation.
“We are closely monitoring critical components like the main control programme, pitch system and generators to gradually lift power restrictions while ensuring operational safety,” explains a spokesperson for Goldwind.
On 1 September, the Goldwind GWH252-16MW produced 384.1 megawatt hours (MWh) in 24 hours, thus breaking the previous record of 364 MWh held by Denmark only a month prior. The giant turbine located offshore from Fujian Province has a diameter of 252 meters and blades that can reach more than two-thirds of the speed of sound, producing enough clean energy to power 170,000 homes, 38 million LEDs, or 2.2 million kilometers driven in an electric car. Since its blades can be adjusted when winds reach high speeds, the turbine continued to generate power. In 2022, China accounted for 49% of the 64.3 gigawatts of total global offshore wind capacity, and Europe, for 47%. The world’s leader in wind power is planning to operate a wind farm powerful enough to power the whole of Norway as of 2025. China wishes to have a third of its electricity from renewables by 2025 and be net-zero by 2060.