Many wind turbines in the United States consist of a steel tower with an average hub height of less than 100 m, yet higher wind turbines are proven to produce higher yields.
Max Bögl Wind AG offers hub heights above 130 m. Recently, the company built the world’s tallest wind turbine with a hub height of 178 m. At WINDPOWER 2018, the company will present its Hybrid Tower system at booth 2340 and showcase its current activities in the North American market.
The company’s Hybrid Towers offer a combination of concrete and steel that allows for cost-effective implementation of hub heights of up to 180 m. Less wind turbulence and better wind yield results in each additional meter of hub height increasing annual energy yield of the turbine by 0.5 to 1%, the company states.
Max Bögl Wind AG has been deploying its modular Hybrid Tower system in Germany for years. The world’s tallest wind turbine – with a hub height of 178 m – began operating near Stuttgart at the end of last year.
The Bavarian company believes that Hybrid Towers can be a success in the North American market as well. Ever-rising steel prices make it difficult to calculate the costs for steel tower turbines. Concrete prices, however, are stable and make cost calculations for Hybrid Towers more reliable, the company states.
Read more about WINDPOWER 2018, which will take place May 6 to 10 in Chicago, here.