MHI Vestas Offshore Wind leads offshore wind debate at AWEA 2016 – How can the US benefit from 20+ years’ experience in European Offshore Wind.

With the offshore market in the US on the cusp of introducing game-changing policy in Massachusetts and numerous states along the East Coast gearing up for leasing announcements, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has sent two key members of its executive management team to share the lessons learnt from over two decades of experience in erecting offshore wind parks in Europe with their American colleagues.

Flemming Ougaard Chief Operating Officer at MHI Vestas Offshore Wind and Thomas Karst Chief Sales Officer at MHI Vestas Offshore Wind will present at various offshore forums during the four day AWEA conference in New Orleans.

MHI Vestas is a world leading offshore wind project company, dedicated to creating new ways of making offshore wind power more affordable.

“I have been doing offshore wind projects for more than 15 years,” said Flemming Ougaard. “In the beginning, the attitude was more like “onshore on water”, but over the years offshore has definitely become its own specialty area. Dedicated personnel, doing dedicated offshore-specific tasks, on vessels specifically built for offshore wind. And of course, now we have dedicated offshore wind turbines. The industry is certainly maturing and a company like MHI Vestas has helped pioneer the industry to where it is today. I will be sharing my personal experiences in watching the evolution of the offshore wind turbine during the session “How well do turbines perform offshore? – Benefiting from the experience of Europe’s early offshore turbines” at AWEA’s annual general conference.”

Mr Ougaard will be presenting on Wednesday May 25th 15:00-15:30 (3:00pm-3:30PM) in the Project Development & Planning Track in the “Tech Station” room.

Adding to MHI Vestas’ contribution at the show will be Thomas Karst who will be presenting in the “Offshore wind in the US: Lessons learned so far from Europe’s first 11GW of offshore wind” panel. The session takes place in the Project Development Station room on Wednesday May 25th 15:30-16:30 (3:30pm-4:30pm).

“With over 90% of offshore installations happening in Europe, we as an industry have 11GW of experience to draw upon,” said Thomas Karst. “The USA is in a tremendously advantageous position to capitalize on the lessons learnt from projects in Europe. In the US, outlook to 2024 is led by positive policy initiatives in states such as MA and we trust that this will lead to steady growth post 2020. Large capacity projects will drive economies of scale for sustained growth on market terms and the best part is that the proven technology and capability to succeed is already in place.”

For more information, please contact:

Matt Whitby, Press Officer
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind
Tel: +45 2250 7131

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 sole focus is to design, manufacture, install and service wind turbines for the offshore wind industry. The company aims to drive down the cost of energy from offshore wind parks by driving capital and operating savings, and increasing output of wind turbines by bringing the best technology to the market. The company is founded on collaboration, and creating powerful partnerships with key stakeholders will be the cornerstone of its business model.

About the V164-8.0 MW
• 8 MW rated power, with an optimal rotor to generator ratio
• 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 (Østerild prototype 140 m)
• Approximate tip height of 187 m (Østerild prototype 220 m)
• Reduces operational and maintenance costs by enabling customers to run fewer, larger turbines
• World record production by a single wind turbine of 192 MWh in 24-hour period (October 2014)

About the history of MHI Vestas Offshore Wind
• 27 September 2013: Joint venture between MHI and Vestas announced.
• December 2013: First V164-8.0 MW wind turbine completed and installed
• January 2014: V164-8.0 MW produces first power
• 1 April 2014: MHI Vestas Offshore Wind officially launched
• 5 October 2014: V164-8.0 MW smashes world power record for power produced by a wind turbine (up to 16,000 British households)
• 11 November 2014: MHI Vestas Offshore Wind announces UK Industrial Strategy
• 12 November 2014: MHI Vestas Offshore Wind awarded Renewable UK “Breakthrough of the year 2014”
• 19 December 2014: First V164-8.0 MW order from DONG Energy for Burbo Bank Extension project
• 31 December 2014: V164-8.0 MW awarded Offshore Wind Turbine of the Year
• 18 May 2015: MHI Vestas Offshore Wind signs its largest offshore order for the 400 MW Rampion project