Vestas launches 7-MW offshore wind turbine

Vestas' new V164-70 is designed for offshore wind energy systems and features a rotor diameter of 164m/538 ft. First prototype is expected in Q4 2012.

Vestas Wind Systems A/S (Randers, Denmark) on March 30 announced the launch of its newest turbine, the V164-7.0 MW, which features a rotor diameter of 164m/538 ft.

CEO Ditlev Engel says of the new turbine: “We are very pleased to be able to serve the market and show our commitment to the offshore wind industry by introducing our dedicated offshore turbine - the V164-7.0 MW. Seeing the positive indications from governments worldwide, and especially from the U.K., to increase the utilization of wind energy is indeed very promising. We look forward to this new turbine doing its part in making these political targets a reality.”

According to Anders Søe-Jensen, president of Vestas Offshore, the offshore wind market is set to take off over the coming years, but more so in some parts of the world than in others: “We expect the major part of offshore wind development to happen in the Northern part of Europe, where the conditions at sea are particularly rough. Based on our broad, true offshore experience and our many years as pioneers within the offshore wind industry, we have specifically designed the V164-7.0 MW to provide the highest energy capture and the highest reliability in this rough and challenging environment. This makes our new turbine an obvious and ideal choice for instance for many U.K. Round 3 projects.”

Construction of the first V164-7.0 MW prototypes is expected in Q4 2012. Serial production is set to begin in Q1 2015, provided a firm order backlog is in place to justify the substantial investment needed to pave the way for the V164-7.0 MW.

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