German renewables go sky high with ‘tallest turbines’

New wind turbines, said to be the tallest in the world, have gone online in Germany. Max Bögl Wind AG’s four turbines make up the pilot stage of a larger […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

New wind turbines, said to be the tallest in the world, have gone online in Germany.

Max Bögl Wind AG’s four turbines make up the pilot stage of a larger renewable energy and storage project in Gaildorf, near Stuttgart.

Each year, the four turbines are each expected to generate more than 10GWh of electricity, enough to supply around 10,000 households.

By the end of 2018, its developers hope an integrated pumped storage power plant will offer an additional 70MWh in the form of four hours of water stored electricity.

This is designed to allow the turbines to continue generating power during periods when they would otherwise be throttled back or stopped, such as during strong winds.

Each tower has a hub height of up to 178 metres, with the total height from the ground to the tip of the blade stretching up to 264.5 metres.

Josef Knitl, CEO of Max Bögl Wind AG, said: “We are proud to be able to make an important step towards the success of the energy turnaround and to reduce carbon dioxide emissions with this milestone.”