Vestas’ first V164-8.0 MW prototype wind turbine has successfully produced its first kWh of electricity, making it the world’s 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’ Chief Technology Officer Anders Vedel.
The turbine, installed at the Danish National Test Centre for Large Wind Turbines in Østerild, will be closely monitored in the coming months to further validate reliability and energy output. 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. Given the necessary pipeline of orders, serial production of the V164-8.0 MW turbine can begin in 2015.
Press release, January 28, 2014; Image: Vestas