Denmark Launches World's Largest Wind Turbine Amid Wind Power 'Arms Race'
“For us, this is the culmination of a few years of work for a team of hundreds of people. It is a fantastic experience to stand here today and see that we produce electricity”, Jens Møldrup of Siemens Gamesa, which put the giant mill into operation, told Danish Radio.
When the natural power and engineering excellence come together, extraordinary things happen! Our most powerful offshore turbine is now spinning in Denmark. This is a huge step towards a greener future🚀https://t.co/xfEKwr5wXH pic.twitter.com/oyQnYPO4Lz— Siemens Gamesa (@SiemensGamesa) December 17, 2021
“The larger the individual wind turbine, the fewer turbines you can make do with. Hence the economy in the project will be better,” wind turbine analyst at Sydbank Jacob Pedersen told Danish Radio.
Siemens Gamesa has been a clear leader in the world market for offshore wind turbines for several years with a market share of around 60 percent. However, its main competitor Vestas is now also vying for a share of the pie and has announced plans to build an even larger turbine.
“Yes, we have designed the world's largest turbine, which will be set up next year, and will be the largest one at the given time,” Vestas production director Tommy Rahbek Nielsen told Danish Radio.
However, the looming race between two major producers has triggered scepticism, as developing larger turbines is seen as an expensive and risky business.