China: Mingyang Smart Energy Unveils World’s Largest Hybrid Drive Wind Turbine – 16MW!

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  • China-based Mingyang Smart Energy Group has unveiled a 16MW wind turbine. 
  • The new MySE 16.0-242 is the world’s largest Hybrid Drive wind turbine.
  • The mega turbine features an exceptional nameplate capacity of 16MW, a 242-meter diameter rotor, 118-meter long blades, and a staggering 46000m2 swept area equivalent of more than six soccer fields.
  • A single MySE 16.0-242 turbine can generate 80000MWh of electricity every year, enough to power more than 20000 households.

Extending the legacy super-compact design and Hybrid-Drive concept, MySE 16.0-242 builds on MingYang’s deep understanding and expertise gained over multiple smaller, light-weight offshore models, ranging from 5.5MW, 6.45MW, 7.25MW, 8.3MWto 11MW series.

The nacelle weight of the MySE 16.0-242 is competitively low at less than 37 tonnes per MW. Compared to a heavier nacelle, its modest head mass allows for more efficient use of the tower and foundation construction, resulting in fewer purchased materials and logistics.

Proven MingYang’s Hybrid-Drive transmission technologies, particularly the medium-speed planetary gearbox with load sharing  and forced high precision main bearing lubrication, have been fully optimized and inherited to ensure the robustness and efficiency of this new turbine, as well as deliver excellent economic performance on both bottom-fixed and floating system applications.

Unique features:

  • all power electronics and MV-transformer have been relocated up tower into the nacelle, simplifying cabling and enhancing system maintenance convenience. 
  • an air-tight design protects the nacelle from harsh salt spray corrosion while yet allowing for internal natural air cooling, resulting in an ideal operational environment for reliable operation within the nacelle.

“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,” says Qiying Zhang, President and CTO of Ming Yang Smart Energy, who continues: “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.”

“Over the years, we have gained over 10GW cumulative track record and iteration experience with Hybrid-Drive technology. These enable us to have a rapid learning curve in product R&D and position us well to become an offshore wind leader,” he concluded

Author: Bryan Groenendaal


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