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Chinese manufacturer XEMC, owners of the Darwind technology developed in the Netherlands, have installed a 5MW test turbine. I think it's the largest direct drive, permanent magnet turbine in the world. (Enercon has a two dozen larger, but not with permanent magnets.) After testing, it should be online sometime in September.

The turbine is installed at a pilot test station in the Netherlands. It is obviously intended to provide data so that the turbine could be certified for Europe's offshore program, and that potential buyers would have European performance data to monitor. As you can see in the 2nd photo, the generator is damn large, though the photo also shows the cooling fins. (That is a technician in orange safety gear atop the generator.)

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by Crazy Horse on Thu Aug 25th, 2011 at 07:37:20 AM EST
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