World’s largest onshore wind turbine launched by Chinese manufacturer

What is expected to be the world’s largest onshore wind turbine – with a 12MW capacity – has been launched by Chinese wind turbine manufacturer Goldwind. 

Goldwind has supplied turbines to more than 1,000 wind farms globally, mainli in mainland China (pic credit: Li Hua/VCG via Getty Images)

The company announced two new turbine models – the GWH221-8.X-10 and GWH24X-12.X – in recognition of reaching 100GW of installed wind power capacity worldwide last month

With an anticipated 12MW capacity, the GWH24X-12.X is expected to be the largest onshore wind turbine once it is installed. 

On completion the 12MW turbine would surpass the largest offshore wind turbines currently being deployed at commercial scale. 

The largest turbine currently being installed on commercial wind power projects is General Electric’s Halliade-X, which has a capacity of up to 14MW and is designed for offshore locations where larger turbines are generally preferred. 

Goldwind said in a statement it had been able to develop new equipment like the GWH24X-12.X thanks to the support of the Chinese government and other partners in the wind energy industry that allowed the company to take “trial and error opportunities” to develop new turbines. 

Whether the new models have received any certifications, and when the first prototypes might be installed, was not clear at the time of publication. 

Goldwind claims it has surpassed the 100GW milestone for installed wind energy capacity worldwide,  equivalent to 11% of the global total. 

Goldwind has supplied more than 1,000 wind farms worldwide with turbines, the majority of which are in mainland China. 

The company has also sold turbines to projects in central Asia, southern Europe, South America and the US.

Only three wind turbine manufacturers – European firms Vestas and Siemens Gamesa, plus US company GE Renewable Energy – boast more capacity worldwide than Goldwind according to Windpower Intelligence, the data and research division of Windpower Monthly.