Wind turbine manufacturer Siemens Gamesa has set a new record: the prototype SG 14-222 DD generated 359 megawatt hours (MW) in a 24-hour period. That’s enough energy to power a mid-sized electric car to drive 1.8 million kilometers, the company said on short messaging service Twitter.
The Siemens Gamesa prototype is expected to go into series production in 2024 and will have a capacity of up to 15 MW. The model is designed for offshore use and is equipped with a direct drive system. These typically use rare-earth magnets, which are used to convert the rotary motion of the rotor blades into electric current. The design method allows the savings in weight and smaller dimensions, which reduces installation costs, the company said.