MHI Vestas Launches the First 10 MW Wind Turbine in History

Aarhus, September 25, 2018

The offshore wind pioneer pushes the boundaries once again as it announces the wind industry’s first commercially available double-digit wind turbine – the V164-10.0 MWW.

The offshore wind industry’s long-anticipated, double-digit barrier has been broken.

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, in a stunning announcement at the Global Wind Summit in Hamburg today, has made it official – its V164 turbine platform has now achieved a power rating of 10 MW. And the turbine is available for sale now.

"What was unreachable before has become the new benchmark,” said MHI Vestas CEO, Philippe Kavafyan. “In launching the V164-10.0 MW today, MHI Vestas is proud to contribute this major milestone to the offshore wind industry. And it gives us the opportunity to pay tribute to all the wind industry pioneers who have led us to this historic, double-digit nominal capacity".

Perhaps most remarkable is that the barrier-breaking model is built on proven technology and lessons learned from previous installations of the V164 platform, promising a level of certainty and reliability for customers of the V164-10.0 MW from day one. 
With more than 100 V164 turbines already installed in the UK and Germany, MHI Vestas has been able to leverage technological learnings and incremental innovations to push the boundaries of its flexible platform from 8 MW now up to 10 MW.

MHI Vestas Chief Technology Officer, Torben Hvid Larsen, said, “At MHI Vestas, we are focused not on what others are doing, but being the best at what we do. The V164-10.0 MW turbine is the best proof point yet that we do not accept the limitations of conventional thinking and that we think beyond ourselves. We have embraced the challenge of transforming what is possible in our field".

The 10 MW turbine underscores the commitment of MHI Vestas to provide the best possible business case to customers. Owing to the importance of reliability, the upgrades required to reach the new level are relatively small: the V164-10.0 MW incorporates a stronger gearbox, some minor mechanical upgrades, and a small design change to enhance air flow and increase cooling in the converter. The upgrades ensure that MHI Vestas can run the V164-10.0 MW at full power, at a site with wind speeds of 10 metres per second, for 25 years.

The V164-10.0 MW is available for sale now and can be delivered for commercial installation beginning in 2021.

About the V164-10.0 MW Turbine:

  • 10.0 MW rated power, with an optimal rotor to generator ratio

  • Rotor diameter of 164 metres

  • 80 m blades, the equivalent of nine double decker London buses

  • Each blade weighs 35 tonnes

  • Swept area of 21,124 m2, larger than the London Eye

  • The nacelle is 20 m long, 8 m wide and 8 m high, weighing approximately 390 tonnes

  • Approximate hub height of 105 m

  • Approximate tip height of 187 m

  • One turbine can power 5,977 German homes

  • Design modifications from the V164-9.5 MW include a stronger gearbox, some minor mechanical upgrades, and an electrical system upgrade, and a small design change to enhance air flow and increase cooling in the converter

  • Reduces operational and maintenance costs by enabling customers to run fewer, larger turbines

  • Available for sale now

  • Can be delivered for commercial installation beginning in 2021

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. For more information, see or follow @MHIVestas on Twitter.