Denmark recently unveiled the world’s most powerful offshore wind turbine, a massive structure rising 721 feet tall and capable of producing 9 megawatts (MW). The facility, located off the coast of Østerild, Denmark, has already shattered energy records by generating a mind-blowing 216,000 kWh of power in a single 24-hour span. That’s roughly equivalent to 20 years’ worth of power use of an average American household.
Created by MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, the turbine has a set of three 35-ton blades that sweeps a total area roughly as large as the London Eye. Each blade is 262 feet long and connected to a hub 460 feet high. On December 1, 2016, wind conditions on-site made for the turbine’s bumper day of energy production.
More and more countries are investing in offshore energy technology—including the U.S.—and Denmark’s record-breaking V164-8.0 MW turbine is an example of how innovations will continue to push the industry. MHI hopes to use this technology to produce more power with fewer turbines and lower cost.
“We are confident that the 9 MW machine has now proven that it is ready for the market and we believe that our wind turbine will play an integral part in enabling the offshore industry to continue to drive down the cost of energy,” said MHI CTO Torben Hvid Larsen in a statement.