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World’s largest wind turbine can power about 4500 households with green power


The world’s largest wind turbine is now the Enercon E-126 installed in Emden, Germany by Enercon. The Enercon E-126 turbine has a rotor blade width of 126 meters (413 feet) and is a more sophisticated version of the E-112, formerly the world’s largest wind turbine and rated at 6 megawatts. This new turbine is officially rated at 6 megawatts too, but will mostly likely produce 7+ megawatts (or 20 million kilowatt hours per year). That’s enough to power about 5,000 households of four in Europe. A quick US calculation would be 938 kwh per home per month, 12 months, that’s 11,256 kwh per year per house. That’s 1776 American homes on one wind turbine.
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Enercon will be testing several types of storage systems in combination with the multi-megawatt wind turbines. These turbines are equipped with a number of new features: an optimized blade design with a spoiler extending down to the hub, and a pre-cast concrete base.


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Due to the elevated hub height and the new blade profile, the performance of the E-126 is expected to by far surpass that of the E-112. At the Rysumer Nacken site, the annual yield has been forecast at over 18 million kilowatt hours – enough to provide more than 4500 households with green power.




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