Look At The Monster Magnet Made For America's First Offshore Wind Farm

Look at the Monster Magnet Made for America's First Offshore Wind Farm

Now this is a gadget. Just look at the six-megawatt direct-drive generator, equipped with a huge permanent magnet rotor: it was designed by General Electric's engineers and it is one of the largest of its kind that ever built. The numbers are impressive. The 150-tonne generator is 7m wide, and it will be sitting hundreds of metres above the waves at the top of a wind turbine. There, a giant 152m-diameter rotor will turn the huge magnet. (In fact, two double-decker Airbus A380 planes could be easily fit into its area that the blades will sweep.)

It will be used in America's first offshore wind farm that's currently being built near Block Island, Rhode Island. According to GE the farm will produce enough electricity to power 5000 American homes.

Look at the Monster Magnet Made for America's First Offshore Wind Farm

GE makes the generators in St. Nazaire in France. Photo: GE Renewable Energy

Look at the Monster Magnet Made for America's First Offshore Wind Farm

A giant GE wind turbine called the Haliade is leaving the St. Nazaire factory. The generator is located behid the hub, the pointy part up front. Photo: GE Renewable Energy

Photo: GE Renewable Energy


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    it was designed by General Electric’s engineers and it is one of the largest of its kind that ever built.
    proof reading? nah she'll be right.

    Monster Magnet- I loved their it song Space Lord :D

    How much electricity does the average American in these "5000" homes need... Assuming a farm is 50+ turbines that's like 60kw each! F@t & greedy....

    I wonder why they would elect to build a structure capable of supporting 150T, 150m in the air, instead of having a drive mechanism and leaving the magnet on the ground?

      Your idea seems far more logical to me from an engineering perspective, but I can only assume it has something to do with them being in the ocean? as this is an offshore wind farm. Not sure.

    Drive system would add even more weight plus make it less efficient because you would lose power because of the drive chain.

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