Photos of Large Wind Turbines
This is a small sample of the wind turbine photos in my collection. The wind industry is very dynamic and is constantly changing. I no loner follow the industry actively. The last large wind turbine I photographed was a Vestas V110. Turbines today are even larger.
Siemens 6 MW prototype direct-drive, permanent-magnet generator at the Danish large wind turbine test site in North Jutland 2012.
Cluster of three Vestas V112, 3 MW wind turbines on the beach at a popular tourist destination on the Ringkøbing Fjord. Vestas’s V112 uses a rotor 112 meters (~370 feet) in diameter and sweeps nearly 10,000 square meters of the wind stream. The turbine is rated at 3,000 kW (3 MW) and can generate 10 million kWh per year at a good site, such as here on the beach at Hvide Sande (White Sands), on the west coast of Denmark’s Jutland Peninsula. 2012.
Freyssenet, Dordogne, France, Massif Centrale, Enercon E48
Dardesheim, Germany’s renewable energy village developed a 62 MW wind project comprising 28 Enercon E70s and one E112, a 6 MW turbine in 2006. Altogether, the wind turbines will generate from 120 to 130 million kWh annually. This is the E112. In the background is Brocken in the Hartz Mountains, the site of Walpurgisnacht of Faustian fame.
RePower MM82 at the Husum Messe 2005, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.
Growian. One of German engineering’s most spectacular failures
was Growian (Grosse Wind Energie Anlage). The downwind, 100-meter
(330-foot) diameter turbine operated only 400 hours between the time it
was installed in 1983 and when it was taken out of service in 1987. Growian
operated even less than the Smith-Putnam turbine in Vermont in 1945. It was
more than two decades before German manufacturers again ventured to this
size. The two guyed towers are meteorological masts at what was to become
the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Koog test center. 1987.
Whitelee Wind Farm is the second largest in Europe 15 km, 9 miles from the center of Glasgow has become an ecotourist destination with hiking, cycling, and horseback riding. An official tourist destination with a visitors center and cafe overlooking Glaslgow and the Clyde Valley.