Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas has installed the mould for the 115.5-metre turbine blades to be installed on the V236-15 MW prototype offshore wind turbine later this year.
The mould was installed at the company’s blades factory in Nakskov, Denmark.
Vestas plans to install the prototype turbine at the Østerild National test centre for large wind turbines in Western Jutland, Denmark later this year.
Stretching 280 metres into the air with a production output of 80 GWh/year, the prototype will be the tallest and most powerful wind turbine in the world once installed, Vestas said.
The globally applicable offshore turbine is said to offer 65 per cent higher annual energy production than the V174-9.5 MW, and for a 900 MW wind farm it increases production by five percent with 34 fewer turbines. It is said to offer excellent partial-load production, resulting in a more stable energy production, and a capacity factor over 60 per cent depending on site-specific conditions.
Launched in February 2021, Vestas secured its first pre-selected tenderer status for the V236-15.0 MW turbine in July 2021 for the 900 MW He Dreiht project in Germany.
The model has since been chosen by Equinor and bp for their 2.1 GW Empire Wind 1 and Empire Wind 2 wind farms offshore New York.
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