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The Giant Magnet for America’s First Offshore Wind Farm

A six-megawatt direct-drive generator equipped with a huge permanent magnet rotor, one of the largest of its kind, was built for America’s first offshore wind farm. The 150-ton generator is 24 feet wide and will sit hundreds of feet above the waves all the way at the top of a wind turbine. The magnet will be powered by a giant 500 foot diameter rotor--two double-decker Airbus A380 planes could easily fit into the area the blades will sweep!

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