A new 9MW offshore wind turbine has broken the sector’s energy generation record.
MHI Vestas’ new V164 prototype is an upgraded version of the company’s 8MW turbine that can generate extra power under ideal conditions.
The turbine, which is claimed to be the most powerful in the world, is located at Østerild in Denmark. It generated a record 216,000kWh of electricity in 24 hours.
Each of its blades weigh 35 tonnes and are 80 metres long, 18 times the height of a double decker bus.
Vestas states when it becomes commercially available, it will increase the value of projects and save on costs as less turbines will need to be erected to high target capacity.
Torben Hvid Larsen, CTO of MHI Vestas, said: “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.”
The UK’s offshore wind industry has achieved its cost reduction targets four years early.