MHI Vestas launches 9.5-MW offshore wind turbine

High-efficiency turbine features 80m blades and a swept area of 21,124 square meters.

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MHI Vestas (Aarhus, Denmark) launched on June 6 the V164­9.5 MW wind turbine for offshore use. The company says the V164 platform’s massive 80­m blades are already capturing wind energy off the coast of the UK like no other turbine in history, giving the company volumes of real­time data and valuable experience that is already paying dividends.

Jens Tommerup, CEO of MHI Vestas, says, “As a leader in the offshore wind industry, we are committed to lowering the cost of energy through innovative turbine technology. The launch of our V164­9.5 MW turbine is a testament to that leadership and to the ingenuity of our engineers and technicians. The V164­9.5 MW is built on the industry­ leading V164 platform, the most powerful platform in operation. Just one single turbine is now capable of powering more than 8,300 UK homes.”

Torben Hvid Larsen, CTO at MHI Vestas, says, “I’m very proud of our team for their hard work in launching our next generation turbine, the V164­9.5 MW. With only minimal design changes, including a redesigned gearbox and cooling system upgrades, this turbine continues the legacy of the proven V164 platform and is available now to all MHI Vestas customers.”

About the V164­9.5 MW turbine:

  • 9.5 MW rated power, with an optimal rotor-to -enerator ratio
  • One turbine can power 8,300 UK homes
  • Redesigned gearbox and cooling system upgrades from the V164­9.0 MW
  • 80m blades
  • Each blade weighs 35 tonnes
  • Swept area of 21,124 m2, larger than the London Eye
  • Nacelle is 20m long, 8m wide and 8m high, weighing approximately 390 tonnes
  • Approximate hub height of 105m
  • Approximate tip height of 187m
  • Reduces operational and maintenance costs by enabling customers to run fewer, larger turbines
  • World record production by a single wind turbine of 216 MWh in 24­-hour period (December 2016)