MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, a joint venture between Vestas Wind Systems and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, has unveiled its uprated 8 MW wind turbine that can reach 9 MW at specific site conditions. The increased energy production per wind turbine will add greater value to many projects and save on capex, as fewer machines will be needed to meet the park capacity. The company’s prototype of the turbine has broken the energy generation record for a commercially available offshore wind turbine, producing 216,000 kWh (actual figures 215,999.1 kWh) over a 24-hour period.
The 9 MW wind turbine is a part of the company’s product portfolio designed to deliver affordable offshore wind power. The turbine is based on the V164-8.0 MW model, which is already installed at the 258 MW offshore farm located in Burbo Bank Extension on the west coast of the UK.