turbines

Monster Machines: The World's Biggest And Best Gas Turbine Can Power 400,000 Homes

If you thought the GE90 aircraft engine was a masterpiece of modern engineering, just get a load of this beauty. General Electric’s 9HA is the most advanced and efficient gas turbine available today and though it may not be able to lift a 787 off the ground, this potent electricity producer can easily power a mid-size metropolis.


Handheld Jet Thrusters Make Any Sport Instantly Extreme

If you’re wondering how this snowboarder is moving so fast on flat ground, the answer is simple. He’s holding powerful jet thrusters in his hands. Yes, jet thrusters. This is awesome.


This Wonderful Sound Is A Turbine Engine's Worst Nightmare

Turbines are huge, intricate, beautiful machines. And if you drop something inside of them, they double as musical instruments. But as YouTuber AgentJayZ demonstrates, the delightful xylophone sound that makes is actually horrible.


Monster Machines: The Biggest Marine Turbine Engine In History

The 109,000 HP Wärtsilä-Sulzer RTA96-C diesel engine is the largest and most powerful, but at 2000 tonnes, any warship it’s attached to is going to have trouble outmanoeuvring jellyfish, much less torpedoes.


Drop This Underwater Turbine In Any River For Free Continuous Power

A Japanese company called Ibasei has developed a compact underwater turbine generator that could be a silver lining during natural disasters that cause intense flooding. The Cappa looks like a small jet engine from a plane, but it’s actually designed to harness rushing water and turn it into free energy.


Monster Machines: World's Biggest Wind Turbine Is As Broad As An Airbus 380

The first commercial offshore wind turbine that Siemens created 30 years ago had 5m long blades and produced a paltry 30kW. A lot can change over three decades. The company’s newest offshore model isn’t just the biggest in the sea; it’s the biggest anywhere.


The World's Most Powerful Wind Turbine Has Blades Bigger Than A 747-Wing

When complete, the Vestas V164 is slated to be the world’s largest and most powerful wind turbine on the planet. Standing 135 metres tall, with a diameter spanning 164 metres, the turbine to generates eight megawatts of power. This is no child’s pinwheel. In fact, it cranks out enough juice to power a whole neighbourhood.


Monster Machines: World's Biggest Wind Turbine Blades Spin At 290km/h

For offshore wind farms to become an economically feasible alternative energy source, each turbine needs to be big. Like, really big. That’s why the latest turbine blade from Siemens is gigantic — just a hair shorter than the wingspan of an Airbus 380.


Tiny Rooftop Turbine Could Make Urban Wind Farms A Reality

There’s a reason that wind farms are placed offshore rather than in urban areas — the turbines are typically huge, difficult to erect, and need a solid sustained gust to produce any meaningful amount of current. This prototype, on the other hand, will assemble more easily than an Ikea bookshelf and quietly produce kilowatts atop skyscrapers.


Inspector Robot Scales 90m Tall Wind Turbines

How do you inspect a wind turbine? It’s actually a pretty tedious process that takes around four hours and involves someone standing out in a field, stopping the turbine and photographing any problems through a powerful telephoto lens. To make it infinitely easier, GE made a Spider-Man-like wall-climbing robot.