Offshore wind turbines with blades as long as nine London City buses are being planned for installation in the North Sea. The Vestas massive power rotors will have a diameter of more than 538 feet, which is slightly less than the length of two American football fields. The tough turbine design will not only stand up to the harsh conditions of the North Sea, but the lengthy blades will also be more efficient at harvesting wind power than their smaller counterparts. By harvesting wind energy more efficiently, the cost of energy production is reduced.
Prototypes fit with Vestas' massive power rotors are set to be deployed in the North Sea during the latter part of 2012. If all goes as expected, mass production will be underway by 2015, helping Vestas to further embed itself in the offshore wind production frontier.
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