With the U.S. Government’s Green Energy plan to increase offshore wind power 1,000 times the present power generation by 2030, we will need some massive-sized wind turbines to do the trick. One such monster is GE’s Haliade-X 12 MW offshore wind turbine. When fully erected, the GE Haliade-X will rise to a gargantuan 853 feet tall. Thus, the GE Haliade-X will likely be one of the tallest energy boondoggles in history.
But, GE doesn’t get all the blame; Vestas and Siemens-Gamesa have 15 MW offshore wind turbines projected to come out in 2024. So, I say… if we are going to go GREEN… we might as well go as BIG & INSANE as possible. And, it looks like the global wind power industry will provide just what the doctor ordered.
To really get an idea of just how big these offshore wind turbines are getting, here is a larger featured image picture of the wind turbine body (nacelle). Where the GE logo is on the front part is where the place is attached. The GE Wind Turbine plant is located in Saint-Nazaire, France.
Here is another image of the Haliade-X Nacelle on a super-oversized shipping trailer.
GE’s Haliade-X Nacelle comes in at a tiny 600 metric tons or 1.2 million pounds. Supposedly, Siemens-Gamesa’s 15 MW features a “light-weight nacelle” only at 500 metric tons.
So, how tall is the 260 meter (853 foot) tall GE Haliade-X look like compared to other well-known things? Take a look at the graphic below.
As we can see, GE’s Haliade-X wind turbine with blades is twice as tall as Britain’s Big Ben. The GE Halaide-X blades are 351 feet in length!!
Establishing a Target of Employing Tens of Thousands of Workers to Deploy 30 Gigawatts (30,000 megawatts) of Offshore Wind by 2030. The Departments of Interior (DOI), Energy (DOE), and Commerce (DOC) are announcing a shared goal to deploy 30 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind in the United States by 2030, while protecting biodiversity and promoting ocean co-use. Meeting this target will trigger more than $12 billion per year in capital investment in projects on both U.S. coasts, create tens of thousands of good-paying, union jobs, with more than 44,000 workers employed in offshore wind by 2030 and nearly 33,000 additional jobs in communities supported by offshore wind activity. It will also generate enough power to meet the demand of more than 10 million American homes for a year, and avoid 78 million metric tons of CO2 emissions.
Well, there you have it. The U.S. Government Biden Administration is pushing for 30,000 megawatts or 30 gigawatts of offshore wind power by 2030. How much is this? Quite a bit if we compare it to the present 42 megawatts of U.S. offshore wind capacity.
While the U.S. has added quite a bit of onshore wind power, its offshore wind capacity is a DROP IN THE BUCKET compared to many European countries. Biden’s Green Energy Plan would like to nearly double the current capacity of the U.K. (8.5 GW) and Germany (7.4 GW).
For the U.S. to ramp up its current offshore wind capacity of 42 MW (really closer to 30 MW), to 30,000 MW, that is 1,000 times the present rate in 8.5 years… LOL.
Here is some interesting info from the article, Biggest Wind Turbines Won’t Solve Our Energy Problems–Delingpole:
Electricity produced by onshore wind costs twice as much as conventional gas-fired electricity generation; offshore wind three times as much. The only reason the wind industry is viable is because of the massive subsidies it receives. Subsidies raised silently from your energy bill.
…In fact, Professor Gordon Hughes, of the University of Edinburgh, and his colleagues showed in a recent study published by the Global Warming Policy Foundation think-tank, that the capital costs of new offshore wind farms do not appear to be falling and indeed appear to be still rising as wind projects move into deeper waters.
While industry experts have stated the wind and solar power costs are falling versus fossil fuel coal and natgas, this is not really true when we look at the entire costs and lifespan of these power units. Offshore wind turbines and blades deal with more environmental wear and tear due to the high winds and salt.
One of the U.S. windfarms projected to begin construction in 2023, is the “Vineyard Wind 1” off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. The offshore wind farm will be 800 MW utilizing 62 wind turbines costing $2.8 billion. Thus, each wind turbine, including all extras and electric underwater cabling, will cost a cool $45 million apiece.
And, to erect these massive wind towers and blades, here is an artist rendering of a ship that will be used just for this purpose.
With the U.S. believing BIGGER IS BETTER when it comes to Green Energy, we are setting up one of the biggest Energy Boondoggles in history as the world heads over the ENERGY CLIFF. How will we maintain or replaces these gargantuan wind monsters when the energy supply collapses in the future??
If you have not yet watched the Late Bronze Age Collapse video presentation below, I highly recommend it.
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