How fast can wind turbines spin? We get asked that a lot!
The maximum speed a turbine can spin – or more specifically, the maximum speed at the tip of spinning wind turbine blades – depends on the turbine. Wind turbine manufacturers provide all owners with information on how many rotations the rotor (three blades and a hub) on their specific turbine model can complete per minute, when generating at full capacity.
Our turbines at the North Findlay Wind Campus complete 16 rotations per minute at full capacity. And their maximum blade tip speed is 163 miles per hour!
At full capacity and maximum speed, these wind turbines are generating their highest amounts of electricity – and directly powering manufacturers in our communities!