Chinese wind OEM MingYang Smart Energy unveiled a 16MW wind turbine that is the world’s largest launched commercially so far, with an eye on offshore deployment globally “from China to the North Sea”.

The typhoon-class MySE 16.0-242 marks a big jump from the manufacturer’s previous 11MW design, over which it claims a 45% energy production boost, and leapfrogs western rivals such as Vestas, Siemens Gamesa and GE Renewable Energy, as well as Chinese peers.

The turbine – slated for prototype installation in 2023 and commercial production in the first half of 2024 – is based on MingYangs’s hybrid drive technology, and flies a 242-metre diameter rotor and 118-metre blades that cover a 46,000 sq metre swept area, said the OEM.