IN DEPTH: Samsung's offshore giant

Looming out of the morning autumn mists in the shallows off Methil, northeast Scotland, stands the largest, most powerful wind turbine ever built.

The S-7.0-171 is Samsung Heavy Industries’ bet for Europe’s expected offshore wind bonanza, a 7MW behemoth with a rotor spanning a record 171 metres — more than twice the wingspan of the Airbus 380.

It is an awe-inspring sight, and an extraordinary achievement for a company with a relatively short track record in the wind industry — and no experience at all in the offshore wind game.

“This is very much a first experience for us,” says Samsung’s deputy project director, Lee Youngjae. “We cannot say that there have not been problems but Log in to read complete article.

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