Marine wind turbine manufacturer MHI Vestas has announced that its 9.5 megawatt (MW) V164 offshore wind turbine, the most powerful wind turbine in the world, has achieved Type S certification, paving the way for installation start-up. at the end of 2019.
The race to produce the world’s largest and most powerful wind turbine is an ongoing battle and right now the next step will be to see MHI Vestas break his own record. MHI Vestas earlier this year supplied two of its 8.4 MW wind turbines, upgraded to 8.8 MW, to the European Offshore Wind Deployment Center (EOWDC) in Aberdeen Bay, Scotland. In addition, MHI Vestas’ upgraded 8 MW turbine can sometimes reach 9 MW, but only when very specific conditions are met.
The company will continue to outdo itself in the short term, announcing that its flagship wind turbine, the 9.5 MW V164, has passed final certification and will now move on to installation at its workplaces at the end of 2019. The certification was awarded a year after the company announced its 9.5 MW turbines, which are larger than the gigantic London Eye Ferris wheel.
“This is the culmination of years of hard work and something we are extremely proud of.Said Torben Larsen, CTO at MHI Vestas. “This type of certificate gives our customers the certainty and assurance that the 9.5 MW turbine will deliver on its promises.. “
“Announcing the world’s most powerful turbine and receiving final certification a year later is no small featAdded Product Management Manager Henrik Baek Jorgensen. “This is a very important chapter in the growing legacy of V164.“
However, MHI Vestas’ competitors are already on its heels, including GE Renewable Energy, which in March this year unveiled its 12 MW Haliade-X monster, which stands 260 meters tall, compared to a ‘skinny’ ‘187 meters high for the MHI Vestas V164-9.5 MW. Capable of powering up to 16,000 European homes per wind turbine, the Haliade-X is the long-awaited step towards double-digit numbers and the power needed to make offshore wind power economically and efficiently a necessary dominant force in the world. global energy mix. .