Flexing the Limits of Land-Based Wind Turbine Rotor Growth

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The Big Adaptive Rotor (BAR) project works to design and enable the next generation of land-based wind turbines with rotors that stretch 206 meters (m) in diameter, which will increase capacity factors by 10% or more over a typical land-based turbine. These high-energy-capture turbines have lower specific-power ratings, meaning they have larger rotors relative to the size of their generator, which helps them capture more wind and perform better at lower wind speeds, thereby increasing the turbine capacity factor.

High-energy-capture turbines with larger rotors have many advantages, but the length and width of their blades creates transportation challenges that must be overcome to make true on the adage, bigger is better.

To learn more about BAR, download the fact sheet: