Many people are still not convinced with the generation of electricity through wind power. If you’re one of them, then prepare to get convinced. The V164 was recently tested at Østerild by Denmark’s own MHI Vestas Offshore. It’s a prototype wind turbine that was only tested by the end of 2016.The rated power of the turbine is 9 megawatts, and that’s under optimum conditions. Last December, the V164 set a new record by a single turbine in energy generation by producing 216,000 kilowatt-hours in just a span of 24 hours. Imagine that power generation with multiple turbines.
Source: MHI Vestas
The V164 isn’t a simple windmill as well. It stands at around 722 feet tall and has an astounding sweep area of 227,377 square feet. If you can’t imagine it, that’s larger than the London Eye. It also dons blades that are 262 feet long, equivalent to that of 9 double decker buses, and weighs a total of 77,160 pounds each. This massive piece of equipment surely matches its staggering record. This platform is part of the “continued commitment to deliver affordable offshore wind power” of MH Vestas, said Torben Hvid Larsen, the firm’s CTO. “We believe that our wind turbine will play an integral part in enabling the offshore industry to continue to drive down the cost of energy,” Larsen added.
He also mentioned that they are still committed to providing turbines that are coherent with the standards in the industry, based on the more than 20 year offshore experience that the firm has. “Reliability remains a key enabler, and our approach to developing our existing platform supports this strategy,” added Larsen. With this new milestone in the wind industry, this prototype turbine is set to be released in the market. With a lifespan of around 25 years, the turbine was designed to survive against the relentless winds of the North Sea. And once it reaches the end of it’s usefulness, 80 percent of the project can still be recycled.
For more information on the turbine, and to see it in action check out Vestas’ video about it below:
Source: YouTube, Vestas