Nordex Group (an international group of companies with the headquarters in Germany, operating under the brand names Nordex and Acciona Windpower) stated in its official press release that the wind turbine installed near Hausbay (Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany) on the 28th of June 2016 is the world’s tallest to date.
The wind turbine N131/3300 with the installed capacity of 3.3 MW is place on a 164-m hybrid tower consisting of a 100-m concrete tower and two segment of steel tower. The total height of the wind turbine up to the edge of the blade is just under 230 m.
Hybrid towers have been used by Nordex for a long time. Over the last few years, the N117 and N131 wind-power systems have been used by the company for hybrid towers with a total height of up to 200 m. Accordingly, such a design has already proved itself with the best hand.
The N131/3300 is a new version of the N131/3000 (from the Generation Delta range). With a rotor diameter of 131 m and a nominal output 10% higher than that of the N131/3000. Besides the turbine is particularly designed for low-wind regions (with wind speeds of an annual average of up to 7.5 m/s). With an overall height of just under 230 meters, the updated model will be able to make use of air layers with the most stable wind characteristics thanks to the fact that it will be exposed to less turbulence in hilly and forest-rich terrain.
Via the N131/3300, Nordex is completing the next systematic step towards its own goal of additionally reducing the cost of energy achieved by its updated turbines.
It is known that since the start of the century (from 2000 to date) the height of the rotor axis of wind turbines has increased about twice.