Vestas 8-MW turbine begins operation

Vestas' V164-8.0 MW prototype, featuring blades 80m/262 ft long, is said to the largest in operation in the world and will be evaluated ahead of commercial deployment in offshore applications.

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Vestas Wind Systems AS (Aarhus, Denmark) reported on Jan. 28 that its first V164-8.0 MW prototype wind turbine has successfully produced its first kilowatt/hr of electricity, making it the worlds’ most powerful turbine in operation.

“We have now completed the production, testing and installation of the V164-8.0 MW as planned, thanks to the team’s intense effort during a time when Vestas has reduced its investments and lowered fixed costs. We now look forward to evaluating the turbine’s performance on site,” says Vestas’ CTO Anders Vedel.

The turbine, installed at the Danish National Test Centre for Large Wind Turbines in Østerild, Denmark.will be closely monitored in the coming months to further validate reliability and energy output. The turbine’s installation is a key milestone towards ensuring maximum business case certainty for customers investing in offshore wind. The V164-8.0 MW will be the flagship product for the offshore joint venture between Vestas and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

“The V164-8.0 MW delivers industry-leading power output, based on Vestas’ proven technology solutions. Combined with the experience and capabilities of both Vestas and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, this puts us in a strong position in the growing offshore market,” says Jens Tommerup, president of Vestas Offshore.

The V164-8.0 MW turbine is the world’s most powerful, with one unit capable of supplying electricity for 7,500 average European households. With a 140m/459-ft tower, the turbine at Østerild has a tip height of 220m/722 ft. The swept area of more than 21,000 m2/226,042 ft2, equal to four American football fields, increases the amount of energy captured, while reducing operational and maintenance costs by enabling customers to run fewer, larger turbines, with fewer service visits.

Given the necessary pipeline of orders, serial production of the V164-8.0 MW turbine can begin in 2015, Vestas says.