What next for SeaAngel and V164?

Mitsubishi's SeaAngel

Mitsubishi's SeaAngel

The announcement of the joint venture (JV) led many to wonder about the future of MHI’s 7MW SeaAngel turbine, which uses a proprietary digital-displacement hydraulic transmission (DDT) system — a very different machine to Vestas’ 8MW V164, which will have a hybrid geared/direct-drive drivetrain.

To the surprise of some, the SeaAngel programme is carrying on regardless, with a first full-scale prototype about to be installed at SSE’s test site in Hunterston, Scotland.

“The development continues on its original trajectory — that is, it has not been negatively impacted by the JV,” says Mitsubishi Power Systems Europe (MPSE) senior manager for renewables Pete Clusky. “It makes best sense to continue developing it until it reaches a stage of technology readiness.”

MHI clearly thinks it is on to something with DDT — a concept first hatched by Scottish renewable-energy Log in to read complete article.

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