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New Wind Turbine Design Would Generate Even More Energy

A new offshore wind turbine design would bring 50 megawatt turbines to the U.S. and the world. Researchers came together to design a low-cost offshore 50 megawatt turbine with a blade that’s more than 650 feet long, two and a half times longer than any in the world. Currently in the U.S. turbines produce energy in the one to two megawatt range and are 165 feet long. To date, the largest commercial turbine is 8 megawatts and 262 feet long.

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