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World’s largest wind turbine installed

MHI Vestas turbine at burbo

The world’s first V164-8.0 MW turbine has been installed at the Burbo Bank Extension project off the coast of Liverpool.

As part of Dong Energy’s 258MW Burbo Bank Extension, the turbine is one of 32 that will be installed at the site.

The turbine manufacturer is Danish company MHI Vestas. “The offshore installation of the first V164-8.0 MW turbine is a significant achievement for MHI Vestas and an important milestone for the offshore wind industry,” said MHI Vestas chief executive Jens Tommerup.

“The introduction of the V164-8.0 MW will support the industry’s ambitions to drive down the cost of energy through reduced installation time, electrical infrastructure, foundations, and service visits compared to power plants using less powerful turbines.”

Dong Energy project director Claus Bøjle Møller added: “The installation of this world-first technology is really paving the way for offshore wind energy. By using bigger turbines we are able to bring down the cost of providing clean, renewable energy to homes around the UK.”

The blades for the turbines were built on the Isle of Wight where MHI Vestas has a factory.

V164-8.0 MW details:

  • 8MW rated power, with an optimal rotor to generator ratio
  • 80m blades, the equivalent of nine double decker London buses
  • Each blade weighs 35t
  • Swept area – the plane of wind intersected by the generator – of 21,124m2, larger than the London Eye
  • The nacelle – cover housing that houses all of the generating components in the wind turbine – is 20m long, 8m wide and 8m high, weighing approximately 390t
  • Approximate hub height of 105m
  • Approximate tip height of 187m 
  • World record production by a single wind turbine of 192MWh in 24-hour period (October 2014).

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  • A great achievement and a step change in a good direction, but approximately one of these every two miles, the full length of the UK, to produce the same power output as Hinkley.

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