MHI Vestas has completed installation of a 9.5 MW turbine prototype at the Østerild National Test Centre in Denmark.
The V174 offshore machine was launched to the market in early 2019 and will undergo a “robust” testing programme to enable MHI Vestas to monitor its reliability and performance output, the company said.
“The construction of the V174-9.5 MW prototype at Østerild is a much-needed signal that Denmark aims to retain leadership in the wind sector’s industrial testing and verification programs,” said MHI Vestas CTO, Torben Hvid Larsen. “Now, with our latest flagship turbine constructed, we look forward to putting the turbine through its paces ahead of our first commercial projects.”
With limited design changes, the V174-9.5 MW prototype builds on MHI Vestas’ V164 platform, generating more energy from lower wind speeds. It has 85 m blades and a turbine tip height of 197 m.
MHI Vestas has already secured a 934 MW order pipeline for the V174-9.5 MW machine for projects in Europe and Asia.
The first units will be installed at the Baltic Eagle and Arcadis Ost 1 offshore wind projects in Germany in 2022.