MHI Vestas Offshore Wind just enabled its 8MW wind turbine to generate at 9MW in specific site conditions.
Over a full 24 hour period on December 1, 2016, their V164 wind turbine model produced 216,000 kWh (215,999.1 kWh to be exact).
According to the press release:
‘The 9 MW wind turbine is part of the product portfolio designed to deliver affordable offshore wind power. The turbine is based on the V164-8.0 MW, a machine already installed at the 258 MW Burbo Bank Extension, and which has a firm order book of over 1.6 GW.
Installation of the first project with the most powerful serially produced turbine was successfully completed on 14 December 2016, utilising the V164-8.0 MW. MHI Vestas has further developed this platform in a continued commitment to deliver affordable offshore wind power.’
Going from 8MW to 9MW obviously greatly increases output of wind farms, and reduces CAPEX spending as fewer wind turbines are required to generate the same amount of electricity.
CTO, Torben Hvid Larsen said, “We are committed to delivering turbine technology that is in line with the development of our industry, based on our 20+ years of offshore experience. Reliability remains a key enabler, and our approach to developing our existing platform supports this strategy,”
“Our prototype at Østerild sets yet another record for power production, producing 216,000 kWh over a 24 hour period. We are confident that the 9 MW machine has now proven that it is ready for the market and we believe that our wind turbine will play an integral part in enabling the offshore industry to continue to drive down the cost of energy.”