Early this year, Vestas’ first V164-8.0 MW prototype wind turbine successfully produced its first kWh of electricity, making it the worlds’ most powerful turbine in operation.
The turbine is the world’s most powerful, with one unit capable of supplying electricity for 7,500 average European households. With a 140-metre tower, the turbine at Østerild has a tip height of 220 meters. The swept area of more than 21,000 m2, equal to three football pitches, increases the amount of energy captured, while reducing operational and maintenance costs by enabling customers to run fewer, larger turbines, with fewer service visits.
The blades were produced at Vestas’ R&D facilities on the Isle of Wight, UK, and were transported from Hanstholm in northern Denmark to Østerild. Each blade weighs approximately 35 tonnes and the diameter of the root is 4.6m. The rotor diameter of 164m is larger than the London Eye (135m).
Source: Vestas, Technical University of Denmark
Elle T. // SMC Editor