MHI Vestas Receives Final Certification for V164-9.5 MW Offshore Wind Turbine

Aarhus, June 27, 2018.

The world’s most powerful commercially available wind turbine receives S class type certificate, clearing the way for installations to begin in late 2019.

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind is celebrating yet another milestone for its flagship V164 turbine platform as the 9.5 MW model has received its Rotor-Nacelle-Assembly Component Certificate.

MHI Vestas Chief Technology Officer, Torben Larsen, said, “This is the culmination of years of hard work and is something we are extremely proud of. The type certificate provides our customers with the certainty and assurance that the 9.5 MW turbine will deliver on its promise.

The final certification was received one year after MHI Vestas announced the 9.5 MW turbine to the market, moving the industry one step closer to double-digit MW turbines in the water.

Head of Product Management, Henrik Baek Jorgensen, said, “Announcing the world’s most powerful turbine and then receiving final certification one year later is no small achievement. This is a very important chapter in the growing legacy of the V164.

The announcement speaks to the industry’s need for cost-effective power upgrades. Since the V164 was launched, MHI Vestas has uprated nominal power from 8.0 MW to 9.0 MW, and now to 9.5 MW – all with minimal design modifications.

Senior Product Manager, Anders Bach Andersen, said, “From the very beginning, we designed the V164 with reliability and cost-efficiency in mind. We’ve managed to increase power output 20% without materially affecting cost. For today’s offshore wind customers, it’s more critical than ever that nominal power can substantively increase without a major re-design of the turbine platform.” 

The news of the final certification comes on the heels of several turbine announcements made by MHI Vestas recently, including the launch of the MVOW SMART Turbine® product portfolio – a suite of four advanced technology solutions aiming to optimise a customer’s business case during design, operations and maintenance.

About MHI Vestas Offshore Wind

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind is a joint venture between Vestas Wind Systems A/S 50% and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) 50%. The company’s focus is to design, manufacture, install and service wind turbines for the offshore wind industry. The company aims to create sustainable value through offshore wind power by driving capital and operating savings and increasing the power output of wind turbines. An innovative force in offshore wind since its inception in 2014, the company is guided by its founding principles of collaboration, trust, technology and commitment.