China builds Asia’s largest wind turbine as Dongfang rolls out 13MW monster

Asia’s most powerful wind turbine to be built so far rolled off the production lines of China’s Dongfang Electric (DEC), which hailed completion of the 13MW offshore nacelle as a new milestone for the sector there.

The typhoon-proof turbine – which rivals the supersized models developed by western players such as GE and Siemens Gamesa – builds on the 10MW direct-drive platform already deployed in 2020 by DEC.

The 13MW turbine’s 103-metre blades and 211-metre rotor diameter are both claimed as new records for China by DEC, which reckons deploying the larger model instead of a 10MW machine would save a 1GW development around 500m yuan ($79.1m).

The OEM said the new model will be aimed at Category 1 wind regions such as Fujian and Guangdong and can withstand a “super typhoon” of 77 metres/second, making it deployable in 98% of Chinese waters.

Along with the likes of MingYang Smart Energy and Shanghai Electric, DEC is one of a clutch of Chinese OEMs with plans for offshore machines with double-digit rated capacities as they seek to target booming growth in their domestic wind market that last year exploded to become the largest globally.

Chinese OEMs are increasingly tipped as contenders in foreign offshore markets too, with MYSE – which has unveiled plans for a 16MW model that’s the world’s most powerful announced so far – already active in the European sector off Italy and with ambitions to enter the UK.

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