Hold on to your hats, a 9 MW wind turbine off the shores of Denmark produced 216,000 kWhs in 24 hours—enough energy to power a US home for 20 years, or roughly 7,300 US homes for one day! The turbine in question is a Vestas V164 prototype that was upgraded from an 8 MW wind turbine to one capable of producing 9MWs by MHI Vestas Offshore, a partnership of Vestas and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.
“Our prototype at Østerild sets yet another record for power production, producing 216,000 kWh over a 24 hour period. We are confident that the 9 MW 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,” said Torben Hvid Larsen, CTO of MHI Vestas.
With turbines like this producing record amounts of energy offshore, it becomes apparent that it is a potent form of renewable energy that the US should consider more of. After all, even as the US has just recently commissioned its first offshore wind farm in Rhode Island, Denmark has already produced more energy than it’s needed with wind power.
The prototype, installed at Østerild in Denmark, recorded the record production of 216,000 kWhs on Dec. 1, MHI Vestas said. The new turbine has 35-ton blades that are 262-feet long, when atop the turbine’s sweep they reach more than 720 feet into the sky. It’s the same platform as the V-164 turbine but with an upgraded generator system in the nacelle, allowing it to reach higher production levels.
The higher production capacity per turbine, according to Vestas, will add greater value for projects, allowing them to meet capacity levels with fewer machines, hence reducing the cost of projects. Just like boosting the efficiency of solar panels, boosting the power-producing capacity of its turbines means a project needs less space.
“We are committed to delivering turbine technology that is in line with the development of our industry, based on our 20-plus years of offshore experience. Reliability remains a key enabler, and our approach to developing our existing platform supports this strategy,” Larsen said.
Already the company has installed the V164-8.0 MW at other offshore wind projects and has over 1.6 GWs of orders. Most recently it received an order for 450 MWs of the turbines from DONG Energy for an installation in Germany. That installation will be 35 miles offshore in Germany, making it invisible to the naked eye from shore. People can only see 2.9 miles from the shore and even from a 100-foot bluff or building they can only see 12.2 miles into the horizon.Tweet