Serial production of 80m blades for MHI Vestas Offshore Wind’s V164-8.0 MW® offshore wind turbine to commence on the Isle of Wight from as early as Q2 2015 pending firm and unconditional orders.

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind will serial manufacture the 80m blade for the V164-8.0 MW®, the world’s most powerful offshore wind turbine on the Isle of Wight off the southern coast of the UK. The announcement is the first part of a wider industrialisation strategy in the UK which is expected to result in up to £200m worth of economic impact, including investment and safeguarding or creating up to 800 jobs.

As part of the strategy MHI Vestas Offshore Wind will lease the production hall at Vestas’ blades technology centre on the Isle of Wight from 1 January 2015. Production of blades could commence in the second quarter of 2015 depending upon a pipeline of firm and unconditional orders.

CEO Jens Tommerup said the agreement underlines MHI Vestas Offshore Wind’s commitment to the UK offshore wind market.

“We are extremely pleased to publically announce the first stage of our industrial strategy here in the UK, the world’s largest offshore wind market,” said Jens and continues: “MHI Vestas Offshore Wind will become the first manufacturer with the capacity to serial produce blades for future offshore wind projects in the UK, and we look forward to sharing further aspects of our industrial strategy in due course.”

UK Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey said:

“The energy sector is powering Britain’s economic recovery – the UK is already the world leader for investing in offshore wind, and 2,250 green jobs were created this year in our wind industry. We are building on that success with our historic reforms to the electricity market

“The blades that MHI Vestas Offshore Wind will manufacture are being designed, tested and produced in the UK. This is another great example of how our offshore wind industry is attracting global investment – not just in building the turbines themselves but right across the supply chain and right across Britain.”

Built in the UK

The R&D facility on the Isle of Wight was opened in 2011 and was specifically designed to develop large blades for the latest wind turbines. The facility consists of two halls 170m long and 50m wide, one for testing and verification, and one for blade production, which will be leased by MHI Vestas Offshore Wind.

“The Isle of Wight is a world class R&D centre for developing and testing blades. The blades for the V164-8.0 MW prototype were designed, manufactured and tested at the Isle of Wight facility so we have developed the unique skills and processes necessary to manufacture blades which makes it a good location to have the capacity to ramp up to serial manufacturing,” said Jens Tommerup.

Vestas will continue to conduct research and development of blade technology on the Isle of Wight, including the testing and verification of the V164-8.0 MW which is being finalised by Vestas on behalf of MHI Vestas Offshore Wind. The lease of the production hall will have no impact on Vestas employees working in R&D on the site.
For more information, please contact:
Matt Whitby, Press & Communication Officer
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind
Tel: +45 22507131

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 power plants 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 MHI Vestas Offshore Wind in the UK

MVOW entered the UK offshore market in 2004 (as Vestas) and has installed 780 MW. Of that 630 MW are under service contracts. MVOW has 113 employees in the UK. Mostly working within the sales, strategy, and service organisations. Our sales office is located in London, where the Chairman of the Board is also based. The UK is by far MVOW’s largest market in terms of installations, with long-term and stable political support for offshore wind.

About the V164-8.0 MW®

  • 8MW rated power, with an optimal rotor to generator ratio
  • 80m blades, the equivalent of nine double decker London buses
  • Swept area of 21.124m2 , larger than the London Eye
  • The nacelle is 20m long, 8m wide and 8m high, weighing approximately 390 tonnes
  • Approximate hub height of 105m (Østerild prototype 140m)
  • Approximate tip height of 187m (Østerild prototype 220m)
  • 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

• September 27, 2013: Joint venture between MHI and Vestas announced.
• December 2013: First V164 – 8.0MW wind turbine completed and installed
• January 2014: V164-8.0 MW® produces first power
• April 1, 2014: MHI Vestas Offshore Wind Officially launched
• October 5, 2014: V164-8.0 MW® smashes world power record for power produced by a wind turbine (up to 13000 Danish households)