First Turbine of WindFloat Atlantic Moves Into Position
Aarhus, October 22, 2019
The largest and most powerful wind turbine to be used in a floating wind project – the V164-8.4 MW turbine from MHI Vestas – is now in place atop Principle Power’s WindFloat semi-submersible foundation.
The first V164-8.4 MW turbine for WindFloat Atlantic was installed onto the WindFloat triangular platform at the quayside in Ferrol (northern Spain) before making the 250km journey to its final destination.
"We’re breaking new ground with the WindFloat Atlantic installation, so we’re intent on gathering the necessary data and insights to carry forward into future floating offshore wind projects,” said Flemming Ougaard, MHI Vestas Chief Operations Officer.
The pioneering, three-turbine project is slated to provide enough wind energy for 60,000 people and promises to deliver vital learnings in installation and commissioning techniques, turbine performance and foundation performance.
Once fully installed, the floating offshore wind farm will comprise three V164-8.4 MW turbines with a tip height of 190 meters atop Principle Power’s triangular, semi-submersible WindFloat foundations and will be located at a sea depth of 100 meters.
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 mhivestasoffshore.com or follow @MHIVestas on Twitter.