World's biggest wind turbines 2018

This statistic provides information on the world's largest wind turbines, as of September 2018. At this time, the MHI Vestas V164-9.5MW turbine remains the largest turbine with a 164 rotor diameter and a power rating of 9.5 megawatts.

Wind turbines – additional information

The main function of wind turbines is to convert the wind’s kinetic energy into electrical power. Energy generated from wind turbines is undoubtedly one of the cleanest forms of producing electrical power from a renewable source. Wind turbines can be used to generate large amounts of electricity in wind farms. Wind power is considered as one of the fastest growing sources of electricity in the world. Newly installed wind power capacity worldwide reached approximately 51.3 gigawatts in 2018.

Currently, the United States has one of the largest energy markets in the world. This industry is projected to increase within the next years, generating revenues amounting to about 6.4 billion U.S. dollars by 2017. In terms of wind power capacity, NextEra was one of the leading wind power providers in the United States, based on calculations. However, Vestas topped the list of the global wind power providers. The Danish-based company’s focus revolves primarily around the production of wind turbines. In fact, the company is one of the largest wind turbine manufacturers in the world. Vestas has turbines installed in over 70 countries and recently held a global market share of more than 20 percent. Apart from turbine manufacturing, Vestas is also involved in selling, installing, and maintaining operational power plants.

Largest wind turbines worldwide as of September 2018*

Rotor diameter (in meters)Power rating (in megawatts)
MHI Vestas V164 8MW1649.5
Siemens-Gamesa SG 8.0-167 DD1678
Goldwind GW154 6.7MW1546.7
Senvion 6.2M152**1526.15
GE Haliade 150-6MW1506
Ming Yang SCD 6.01406
Doosan WindS5001405.5
Hitachi HTW5.2-136***1365.2
CSIC Haizhuang H151-5.0MW1515
Adwen AD5-1351355
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Source

Release date

September 2018

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

as of September 2018

Supplementary notes

* Turbines must be either commercially available or have an installed prototype.
** Senvion 6.2M152 has a new variant with a rotor diameter of 152 meters in place of the current model's 126 meters.
*** Hitachi has developed two variants, one with a 127 meter rotor diameter for high wind speeds and another at 136 meters for lower wind regimes.

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