The development of V164-8.0 MW® well on schedule and ready for commencement of serial production following the awarding of type certification, verifying compliance with tough industry quality standards.

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has been granted type certification for the V164-8.0 MW® from leading classification group DNV GL. The certification acknowledges conformity with standards for the design, testing and manufacturing of the world’s most powerful wind turbine.

Chief Technology Officer Torben Hvid Larsen said the type certification of the V164-8.0 MW® validates the thorough test and verification programme, demonstrating the quality of the turbine.

The fact that certification of the V164-8.0 MW® from DNV GL has been received according to schedule underlines compliance with the industry leading standards for design, quality, manufacturing, testing and installation, a very high priority for our customers.”

The awarding of the type certification for the V164-8.0 MW® validates a record test and verification process which included testing of the blade and blade bearing on the Isle of Wight, UK, the drive train (gearbox, generator, main bearing) in Aarhus and the prototype in Oesterild, Denmark,” said Torben Hvid Larsen.

During the second quarter of 2015 MHI Vestas Offshore Wind will commence serial manufacturing of the 32 V164-8.0 MW® turbines for the 258 MW Burbo Bank Extension project to be installed of the coast of Liverpool Bay in the UK in 2016.

Hiring of the up to 200 positons at the blade manufacturing facility on the Isle of Wight in the UK has commenced, and the nacelle assembly facility at Lindø, Denmark has recently been awarded certification for ISO 9001 (Quality Management) and OHSAS 18001 (Occupational Health and Safety Management)- critical standards for operating as a business.

For more information, please contact:
Matt Whitby, Press 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 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
  • Swept area of 21.124 m2 , larger than the London Eye
  • The nacelle is 20m long, 8 m wide and 8 m high, weighing approximately 390 tonnes including hub
  • Approximate hub height of 105 m, approximate tip height of 187 m
  • A single About the V164-8.0 MW® turbine can provide clean energy for up to 7500 European households
  • 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)
  • V164-8.0 MW awarded Offshore Wind Turbine of 2014 by Windpower Monthly