Goldwind turbine ‘breaks world record for largest rotor diameter’, Chinese media reports

Goldwind is reported to have officially rolled out the nacelle for a 13.6MW turbine with a record-beating 252-metre rotor diameter. China Daily reports that the Chinese turbine manufacuturer and state power company China Three Gorges Corporation held a ceremony for the unveiling of the GWH 252-13.6MW at the Fujian offshore wind industrial site on 13 October.

The direct-drive permanent magnet (PMG) turbine is claimed to have a swept area of around 50,000m2. It follows the launch of Goldwind's 12MW turbine in November 2021, when the company said it was launching a new range of medium-speed permanent magnet smart wind turbines.

Last year, fellow Chinese manufacturer MingYang Smart Energy launched the MySE 16.0-242, a 16MW hybrid drive wind turbine with 242m rotor diameter and 46,000m2 swept area. The turbine is the first in the firm's 15MW+ offshore product platform, it said, and has been certified by DNV and China General Certification Centre for design. A prototype installation is scheduled for the first half of 2023 and commercial production in the first half of 2024.

Outside China, Vestas, with its V236-15.0 MW turbine, and Siemens Gamesa, with the SG 14-236 DD,  hold the record for rotor diameter, both at 236m.