MingYang Smart Energy is set to scale-up its wind turbine designs beyond the 16MW model that is currently the most powerful machine under development globally in response to what it sees as “clear demand” for even bigger units, said a senior executive for the Chinese wind group.

Karsten Merker, co-general manager for MingYang in Europe, said despite growing discussion in the wind industry over whether the OEM sector should self-impose a ‘turbine size cap’ on developing future concepts, there was still plenty of appetite for up-sizing nameplates.