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Norway wants huge wind turbine

2010-02-12 20:56

Oslo - Norway plans to build the world's most powerful wind turbine, hoping the new technology will increase the profitability of costly offshore wind farms, partners behind the project said on Friday.

With a rotor diameter of 145m, the 10-megawatt prototype will be roughly three times more powerful than ordinary wind turbines currently in place, Enova, a public agency owned by Norway's petroleum and oil industry ministry, said.

The world's largest wind turbine, 162.5m tall, will be built by Norwegian company Sway with the objective of developing a technology that will result in higher energy generation for offshore wind power.

It will first be tested on land in Oeygarden in southwestern Norway for two years.

The gain in power over current turbines will be obtained partly by reducing the weight and the number of moving parts in the turbine.

The prototype will cost about $68m to build and could supply power to 2 000 homes.

"We are aiming to install it in 2011," said Enova's head of new technology Kjell Olav Skoelsvik.

The Scandinavian country is one of the world's top oil and gas producers but obtains most of its own energy through hydroelectric power.