Vestas has successfully installed its flagship V236-15.0 MW offshore wind turbine at the Port of Thyborøn, marking a significant milestone in the development of offshore wind technology. This installation comes only three months after the port placed an order for the turbine.

The V236-15.0 MW turbine produced its first kWh of power on 8 June, a critical step in the final verification process. This event signifies the beginning of the serial production phase, as Vestas prepares for the installation of the first offshore projects featuring this powerful turbine model. The company’s commitment to advancing wind energy technology is further demonstrated by its 20-year AOM4000 service agreement included in the deal.

Watch Vestas’s video on the installation of the V236-15.0 MW turbine at Thyborøn:

The completion of the V236-15.0 MW nacelle prototype at Vestas’ Lindø plant in the Port of Odense is a testament to the dedicated efforts of numerous Vestas teams. This nacelle, the core of the turbine, is currently undergoing a comprehensive series of tests to ensure its readiness for full-scale deployment.

These tests, conducted in a production environment at the Lindø factory, are designed to identify and address any potential improvements before the final installation. The rigorous testing program includes mechanical assessments and strict inspections of the turbine control software to verify the integrity and functionality of all electrical and mechanical interfaces between modules. The testing concludes with a physical rotation of the turbine drivetrain before its dispatch to the Østerild test site for installation on the completed turbine.

The V236-15.0 MW turbine represents a significant leap in offshore wind power technology. Capable of producing up to 80 GWh/year, depending on site conditions, this turbine can generate enough energy to power more than 20,000 households. The new platform combines innovative design with proven technology to deliver industry-leading performance.

Anders Nielsen, Chief Technology Officer at Vestas, highlighted the significance of this achievement in 2022 year : “The completion of the V236-15.0 MW nacelle prototype is a great achievement and an important step forward for Vestas and our customers. By leveraging Vestas’ extensive, tested technology, the new platform combines innovation with confidence to offer industry-leading performance while benefiting from building the supply chain of our entire product portfolio. The new platform provides a solid foundation for future products and upgrades.”

The V236-15.0 MW turbine utilizes a modular nacelle design, which adheres to industry standards by ensuring that side compartments dimensionally match general industry norms. This modular concept, also applied to Vestas’ latest EnVentus onshore turbines – the V162-7.2 MW and V172-7.2 MW – allows for easier upgrades and maintenance.

The company has received firm orders for units to be used in offshore projects in Germany, Poland, and the Netherlands, with the first offshore installations scheduled to begin in 2025.

Sources: Vestas and BalticWind.EU