The Largest Wind Motor

The Siemens SWT-6.0-154 is a massive offshore wind turbine. It features a 6 mw output and swept area of 18,600 meters.

The turbine is based on the Siemens’ direct drive technology and has fewer moving parts than comparable direct drive technology. The head weighs less than 360 tonnes. Siemens state that the combination of robustness, low weight significantly reduces installation, serving costs and increase lifespan.

“Benefiting from our unique offshore experience, the SWT-6.0-154 direct drive wind turbine is designed to exploit a broad range of offshore environmental conditions. Designed to IEC 1 standards, the SWT-6.0-154 can be deployed in any known offshore location. The 154 m rotor, designed specifically for the Siemens offshore direct drive turbines, has a swept rotor area of 18,600 m2, therefore maximising energy yield at offshore locations, from inland waters with moderate wind resources to the most exposed offshore sites.”


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The Largest (By Length) Steam Locomotive Engine

Built between 1941 and 1945, Union Pacific’s Railroad’s 4000 class were the longest steam locomotives built. Commonly known as “Big Boys”, for a good reason, the 4-8-8-4 articulated steam locomotives went out of service in 1959. They were replaced by diesel engines soon afterwards.

At 25 meters long and a tractive effort of just over 135,000 pounds force, they were truly powerful machines.

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