V164 blades set sail for Denmark
Vestas has released new pictures of the blades for its flagship 8MW offshore wind turbine on their journey from the UK to Denmark for assembly of the first V164 prototype.
The three 80-metre, 35-tonne blades are being transported from the manufacturer’s R&D facility on the Isle of Wight, southern England, to the Danish national test centre in Østerlid.
The V164’s nacelle began its own journey to Østerlid last week.
Installation of the turbine is slated to be completed in the first quarter of next year, after which the V164 will be put through its paces to double-check reliability and performance.
Vestas and Danish developer Dong Energy have an “enhanced” co-operation agreement to deploy the machine at Østerild as part of plans to accelerate roll-out.
The V164-8.0 MW is on course to be the world’s most powerful turbine, with one machine capable of supplying electricity for 7,500 European households.
Depending on orders, serial production is foreseen to start in 2015.