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Big Wind Turbines, Small Wind Turbines


By Megan Phelps


Wind turbines come in all sizes, but if you’re trying to understand exactly how big a wind turbine is some of the terms are unfamiliar. What’s a kilowatt exactly? How is that different from a megawatt?
There’s a handy cheat sheet here that explains all the measurements, but I find them a little hard to visualize. Fortunately, there are a lot of great photos out there on the Web! Below are a few wind turbine photos as a frame of reference. You can find many more wind turbine photos online by visiting the Web site of the National Renewable Energy Lab.

Wind turbines come in all sizes, but if you’re trying to understand exactly how big a wind turbine is some of the terms are unfamiliar. What’s a kilowatt exactly? How is that different from a megawatt?

There’s a handy cheat sheet here that explains all the measurements, but I find them a little hard to visualize. Fortunately, there are a lot of great photos out there on the Web! Below are a few wind turbine photos as a frame of reference. You can find many more wind turbine photos online by visiting the Web site of the National Renewable Energy Lab.

  • 6 May 2013
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