Massive Attack: Five Big Things That Put the “Super” in Supersized

Thinking big can lead to some amazing innovations – like a single wind turbine that can power 5,000 homes. Here’s a look at five scaled-up solutions that are making a big-time impact.

HArriet

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At nearly 400 tons, this air-cooled 9HA gas turbine – affectionately known as HArriet – is the largest and most efficient gas turbine on the planet. It has no small job, though, bringing reliable electricity to millions of people around the world.

 

Haliade

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The Haliade wind turbine isn’t just tall – twice as tall as the Statue of Liberty, in fact. It’s also got a gargantuan rotor that, at 150 metres in diameter, spans three soccer fields. Why so big? So it can generate 6 megawatts of electricity.

 

Pumped Storage Power Station

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“Massive” may not do GE’s Alstom generators justice. They’re so big they’re helping to produce a whopping 900 megawatts of power at the Nante de Drance pumped storage power station in Switzerland.

 

The Data Lake Big

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Data has big storage issues. As more and more real-time information gets churned out, collecting and analyzing it – in effect, reaping its rewards – gets harder and harder. Enter the very deep Data Lake.

 

Itaipu Dam

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Extreme engineering. That’s what Brazil’s Itaipu Dam has been called. And for good reason. It stretches for nearly eight kilometres and holds back 29 billion cubic metres of water.

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