Turbine maker Nordex says it has installed the world’s tallest wind turbine – the N131/3300 – at the Hausbay-Bickenbach wind park in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. The turbine stretches to just under 230 meters, with a hub height of 164 meters and a rotor length of 65.5 meters.
According to Nordex, the 164-meter turbine – made of a 100-meter concrete tower, supplied by long-standing Nordex partner Max Bogl, and two tubular steel tower segments – will be able to make use of air layers that offer a greater yield, increasing the annual output.
Certified in accordance with the German Institute for Building Technology Guideline 2012 for wind zone S, the turbine is particularly designed for low-wind regions with wind speeds of an annual average of up to 7.5 m/s, says the company.
In addition, the company purports that the tower, with its nominal output 10% higher than that of the N131/3000, can boost yields between 4% and 6%, depending on its location.
Type testing for the N131/3300 was completed in January of this year, and through the development and deployment of this turbine, Nordex says it hopes to further its goal of reducing the cost of energy achieved by its turbines.