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New 9MW wind turbine sets generation record

Denmark wind turbines

A powerful prototype wind turbine has set an energy generation record, heralding lower offshore energy costs.

The MHI Vestas Offshore Wind prototype turbine has produced 216,000kWh across 24 hours at Østerild in Denmark, setting the record for commercially available offshore turbines. It also proved the new V164 turbine can reach 9MW given the right site conditions.

The turbine is based on the existing V164-8.0MW model – a world first when unveiled – currently operating at the 258MW Burbo Bank Extension.

“Our prototype at Østerild sets yet another record for power production, producing 216,000kWh over a 24 hour period,” said MHI Vestas Offshore Wind CTO Torben Hvid Larsen.

“We are confident that the 9MW 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.”

It is believed that increased output per turbine would mean fewer machines on site, saving on capital expenditure (CAPEX).

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind is a joint venture between Vestas Wind Systems (50%) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (50%), which aims to lower the cost of offshore wind parks through efficient technology.

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