Mingyang Smart Energy announced the MySE 22MW during the China Wind Power 2023 exhibition in Beijing. The turbine boasts a staggering rated capacity of 22 MW and features a 310+ meter rotor, equipped with carbon-fiber blades. Designed for high-wind regions with an average wind speed between 8.5 m/s and 10 m/s, this giant is also said to be typhoon-resistant, intelligent, and suitable for both fixed-bottom and floating applications.
The economies of scale
The MySE 22MW is shaking up the economics of wind energy. The turbine has an enormous swept area that will allow it to produce 80 GWh of power annually. Larger turbines like the MySE 22MW also drive down costs for wind developers by requiring fewer installations for the same capacity. Mingyang has claimed that compared to using 13-MW turbines, its new 22-MW model would reduce the number of turbines needed for a 1-GW offshore wind farm by 18 units, significantly reducing capital expenditure.
The debate on turbine size
The announcement comes at a time when the offshore wind industry is grappling with the question of optimal turbine size. Manufacturers like Vestas and foundations manufacturers such as Sif have been calling for a pause in the growth of turbine size, concerned about its effect on OEMs and the supply chain. European companies are worried they will be outcompeted by massive Chinese turbines, and the EU is considering both an “anti-subsidy” probe into the sector and greater financial support for wind energy in Europe.
It is worth noting that Mingyang is no stranger to large-scale wind turbines. The company already operates the world’s largest offshore wind turbine, the MySE 16-260, which was commissioned in offshore China. Mingyang is also developing another large turbine, the MySE 18.X-28X, with a rated capacity of 18 MW.
Mingyang’s MySE 22MW poses a challenge to wind turbine manufacturers worldwide. The EU is already contemplating financial measures to support its local manufacturers. But beyond the competitive landscape, the MySE 22MW represents what could be a significant leap forward in the global transition to renewable energy.