When the slow, swooshing sweep of the blades on the first V164 turbine starts up at Britain’s Burbo Bank Extension (BBE) offshore wind farm early next year, it will mark the end of a journey embarked on more than five years ago by Vestas — and the beginning of another as its flagship 8MW machine moves into commercial roll-out in the wild waters off Northern Europe.
Floating wind power is fighting its way forward into industrial-scale existence with international developers taking courage from the major array projects now moving ahead around the globe to extend the reach of the fast-emerging technology into the richer, steadier streams that fly over the world’s deeper waters.
13 September 2016 11:23 GMT
The AD8-180 will be the mightiest ever built. The 8MW turbine’s record-setting 88.4-metre blades will sweep a circle wider than the Colosseum in Rome, its giant drivetrain will be able to handle steel-splitting torque better than any industrial machine on earth — and then transform it into enough power for 10,000 homes.
06 September 2016 10:37 GMT
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