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Wind companies rolling out utility-scale plants like to say that theirs will be the "largest." When we're talking about the future, which has not yet materialized, it's fairly easy to make that claim as long as it is larger than anything that presently exists. Who actually ends up being the largest will be a matter of history once the future becomes the present. We've created this page to track who is presently the largest, and whose claims to be the largest in the future are actually the biggest claims.

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Overview

  • Status Check: The Biggest Wind Projects in the World - With all sorts of stories coming out about biggests and firsts, it’s about time to take the pulse of wind power generation and find out just where the industry stands on giant wind projects. (EcoGeek; Aug. 15, 2008)


Offshore

  • Wind > Offshore / Largest >
    World’s Biggest Offshore Wind Farm Is Activated - On Friday, the UK opened the Thanet Wind Farm, the largest offshore wind farm in the world with 100 turbines spread over 35 kilometres in the North Sea; capable of generating up to 300 megawatts of electricity – enough to power over 200,000 homes or a small city. (Inhabitat; Sept. 24, 2010)
  • Wind > Offshore >
    Denmark Brings World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Online - Denmark is launching the world's biggest offshore wind farm this week. Using 91 turbines scattered across 35 square kilometers, the Horns Rev 2 farm, built by Danish utility company Dong Energy, will be able to produce 209 megawatts of power – enough for a staggering 200,000 homes. (Inhabitat; Sept. 16, 2009)
  • Arklow Wind Farm, Dublin Ireland - The first stage of the world's largest wind farm opened in June 2004. Driven by the advanced 3.6MW turbine developed by GE Energy, the facility's seven turbines deliver an impressive 25MW.

Planned

  • BlueWater Wind Project, Delaware - The proposed wind park would be located approximately 11.5 nautical miles from shore and will generate the amount of electricity used by as many as 110,000 Delaware households. (BlueWater Wind)
  • Atlantic Array - Is an offshore wind farm planned for the coast of North Devon, England.
  • Whitelee, Glasgow, Scotland - The Scottish Executive has finally approved plans for the largest onshore Wind Farm in Europe which will now be completed in 2009 at a cost of £300m. Scottish Power's Whitelee Project Wind Farm will consist of 140 wind turbines generating a total of 322MW of power.

Offshore Turbine Designs

  • Wind > VAWT / Largest / Offshore >
    Massive Aerogenerator Turbine is 3X More Powerful - A new design called the Aerogenerator X would have a massive span of 275 meters and would produce a whopping ten megawatts of electricity — that’s three times the production capacity of typical modern commercial horizontal axis turbines, making it more viable for off-shore applications. (Inhabitat; July 26, 2010)

Windfarms

  • Tehachapi Renewal Project, Mohave, CA - Southern California Edison announced Friday that it was breaking ground on a desert wind farm that could provide power for upwards of 3 million homes by 2013, predicting that it will be the largest wind transmission project in the country. (March 8, 2008)

Planned

  • Wind > Largest >
    World’s Largest Wind Farm Will Be Built in Oregon - The US Department of Energy has approved the partial guarantee for a $1.3 billion loan to support the construction of the world’s largest wind farm, located in eastern Oregon. The initiative will create a 845-megawatt wind-powered energy generating facility located immediately south of the Columbia River, built on approximately 32,000 acres. (GizMag; October 13, 2010)
  • Mexico turns toward alternative energy - Spanish energy company Acciona Energia says the 2,500-hectare (6,180-acre) farm at La Ventosa, Mexico, should generate 250 megawatts of electricity with 167 turbines, 25 of which are already operating. The rest should be on line by the end of the year (2009), making the project the largest of its kind in Latin America. (Associated Press; Jan. 22, 2009)
  • Titan Project South Dakota - Clipper Windpower Plc ("Clipper") announced that it has entered into a 50:50 joint venture, the (“JV"), with BP Alternative Energy (“BP") to develop the Titan wind project, a 5,050 MW South Dakota-sited wind energy project formerly known as Rolling Thunder. (Clipper Wind; July 30, 2008)
  • Green light for massive wind farm - Plans to build Europe's largest onshore wind farm in South Lanarkshire have been approved by Scottish ministers. The under-construction wind farm on Eaglesham Moor will have a total capacity of 322MW. Currently the biggest operational wind farm in Europe is the Maranchon wind farm in Guadalajara, Spain, which has a generating capacity of 208MW. (BBC Newss; July 21, 2008)
  • Briscoe and Noland Counties, Texas, Texas Panhandle - Texas already holds the record for the world's largest wind farm, the 735-megawatt Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center, which was completed by FPL Energy, Inc. in late 2006. It also is the site for the nation's second-largest wind farm, the 504.8-megawatt Sweetwater wind project, the fourth phase of which attained commercial operation in May 2007. Texas Wind
  • Texas oil tycoon aims to harness power of the wind - Over the next four years, T. Boone Picken intends to erect 2700 turbines across 80,940 hectares of the Texan panhandle. The scheme is five times bigger than the world's current record-holding wind farm and when finished will supply 4000 megawatts of electricity, enough to power about 1 million homes. (Slashdot) (The Age; April 19, 2008)
    • Pickens Plan - The Pickens Plan is a bridge to the future — a blueprint to reduce foreign oil dependence by harnessing domestic energy alternatives, and buy us time to develop even greater new technologies.

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