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.



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.




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


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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