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Governments are cutting subsidies to wind energy firms. Their answer is to get bigger

300 meters

The current tallest wind turbine measures 195 m (640 ft)—and the next generation could reach up to 300 m (980 ft). That’s nearly as tall as the Eiffel Tower.

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Some European countries are ending the subsidies that have helped clean energy companies since the 1990s. Now, firms are scaling up to be competitive with coal and nuclear power.

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One way is to produce larger wind turbines, to capture more wind and produce more energy at lower costs.

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300 meters

A 195 meter wind turbine generates 8 megawatts of power; a 300 m turbine would generate between 10 and 15 megawatts.

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Three major wind farm operators—Dong Energy, EnBW, and Vattenfall—are interested in megaturbines, according to Reuters.

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And wind turbine maker Siemens Gamesa is expected to build a prototype in the next years. Mega-turbine farms could be ready by beginning of the next decade.

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