Vestas will intensify tests of its giant offshore turbine

18/06/2015 00:55 Renewable

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Vestas will intensify testing of its 8 megawatt (MW) wind turbine, the greatest in the world, by installing two of them in the port of Esbjerg in southern Denmark, as stated by the Danish company on Wednesday.

The wind farm will be constructed onshore to enable testing even if the turbines have been established, in a joint venture with Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, for the offshore market where Vestas is aiming to come up to Germany's Siemens. The testing will be realized in collaboration with European Energy, the company which will accomplish the project. It has also commanded two additional, smaller turbines for the testing facility. According to the company, the V164 8 MW turbine might be a prospective competitor for the 600 MW Kriegers Flak wind farm that the Danish government is likely to put out to tender by the end of the year. European Energy has established 56 onshore wind farms but has lately took the decision to enter the offshore segment. The V164 is by now the favorite turbine for four wind farms of which three are being constructed by DONG Energy, which is Vestas' compatriot. The majority of the industry consultants consider Vestas the world's largest wind turbine maker followed by Siemens and General Electric Co., but it has fallen behind in the offshore sector which has been controlled by Siemens in recent years. Siemens has a 7 MW turbine, and has stated it would like to have an example for a 10 MW turbine prepared by 2020.

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