The Most Powerful Wind Turbine Looks Like the Weirdest Too

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In the future, we will look at these 885-foot-wide structures in the middle of the ocean and we won't even blink. But, right now, I'm having a hard time imagining them spinning en masse at 20 revolutions per minute.

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It's the new Aerogenerator X Vertical Axis Wind Turbine, which will be completed by 2014. Instead of using a traditional vertical structure, this wind turbine will rotate horizontally. Its design will enable it to generate twice the power of previous designs, according to the manufacturer. That's 10 megawatts per hour. The most powerful—and largest turbine in the planet at 413-foot high—now generates a bit over seven megawatts.

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Illustration for article titled The Most Powerful Wind Turbine Looks Like the Weirdest Too
Illustration for article titled The Most Powerful Wind Turbine Looks Like the Weirdest Too

Only the 10MW Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine will be able to match its power, at the cost of raising an impressive 606 feet over the surface of the sea. That would be really fun to repair. [Windpower via Dezeen]

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A question about wind turbines...

If you physically spin one (like say I was angry and turned giant and green and grabbed one of the arms and started swinging it) would it create the same energy? Does the spinning motion alone create the energy?