Subtitle: Meanwhile, Canada and the United States cooperate on Tar Sands
Enercon currently makes the world’s largest (in capacity) HAWTs (Horizontal Axis Wind Turbines). Nothing new to inveterate AG readers, nonetheless Gothenberg Treehugger April Streeter wants us to know that Lapplanders are getting their Enercons; and, if everything goes according to plan, Sweden will be home to the world’s largest wind farm.
At the Markbygden project in the heart of Sweden’s Lappland, the plan is to erect 1,101 turbines for a total capacity of between 3 and 4 GW. If Svevind, Markbygden’s project developers, succeed, they’ll not only have the biggest wind farm in terms of turbines, but also in size of territory – the farm would spread over 450 square kilometers of land. And if all goes according to plan, Markbygden may also be graced with some of the world’s biggest turbines – at 7.5 MW of capacity they tower over turbines currently in use.
Speaking of Monster German HAWTs, Jesus Diaz writes, “Can you see them? Look in the holes. There are workers inside that turbine. Not little people, but full-scale humans. So no, it’s not an airplane propeller: It’s gigantic propeller waiting to be mounted on power windmill turbine by people working from inside the turbine itself.”
Joint Swedish – German monster wind farm
The Swedes have thus far approved only small portions of the Markbygden wind farm, which will require a huge amount of capital and technology. Right now Svevind is in the process of erecting 12 pilot turbines and just got permission to put up 8 more, one of them the monster 7.5 MW turbine. Svevind has also received permission to make the turbine platforms up to 200 meters tall (the world’s tallest). Parent company Svevind has partnered with German turbine manufacturer Enercon on the Markbygden project, which is estimated to cost 55 billion Swedish crowns (US$6.9 billion). Enercon will build its own factory for turbines in the region as well as a service center. Markbygden is not scheduled to be complete until around 2020.
The IEA told the WSJ that 1,100 GW could be installed by 2030. I wonder if that was before or after General “Swift Boat” put wind development on the back burner?
Too bad, Texas?
Texas currently holds the title for the world’s biggest wind farm with the 627-turbine Roscoe Wind Complex, which spreads across 100,000 acres of Texas farmland, and provides 781.5 MW of capacity – enough to power 230,000 homes. T. Boone Pickens was planning an even larger wind farm in Texas, but this summer he scrapped those plans in favor of smaller wind sites scattered around the mid-West.
At least, the Swedish Treehugger was kind enough to avoid mention of West Virginia, where we prefer to blow the tops off mountains rather than build wind farms. Or, for that matter, she avoided mention of Indiana, where they could switch from 90% coal-fired electric power to a substantial amount of wind power in a very short time, if desired.
Related Treehugger posts about Wind Farms
- 4 Gigawatt Swedish Wind Farm Receives Local Approval
- World’s Biggest Wind Power Plant
- World’s Largest Offshore Windfarm, The London Array, is Back On
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