V164-8.0 MW testing programme to be ramped up with installation of two additional onshore turbines in Denmark

European Energy A/S places order for two V164-8.0 MW and two V117-3.45 MW turbines for an onshore project in Esbjerg, southern Denmark. The project will enable further testing of the installation and operation of the world’s most powerful offshore wind turbine.

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has received a 23 MW order from European Energy A/S in cooperation with their local partner BMC Energi for the Måde project in the port of Esbjerg in Denmark. The project will utilise two V164-8.0 MW turbines, with the main purpose to test the installation methods and operation & maintenance procedures of the turbine onshore, prior to the commencement of serial deliveries offshore. Furthermore, a series of tests on the V117-3.45 MW turbines will serve the purpose of further improving the performance of the 3 MW platform.

The project includes a 20-year full scope service agreement, with delivery of the turbines expected to take place in the fourth quarter of 2015.

“MHI Vestas Offshore Wind is extremely pleased to be able to partner with European Energy to continue our testing and verification of the V164-8.0 MW and V117-3.45 MW turbines. For the V164-8.0 MW, it’s another big milestone for the company and it sends a clear signal to the market that the development of the turbine is on track,” said Jens Tommerup, CEO of MHI Vestas Offshore Wind.

“The order is a crucial step for the development of the V164-8.0 MW in the ramp up towards serial production. Not only will we further verify the performance, reliability and efficiency of the wind turbine, we can also test and hone our installation and service techniques before we take the turbine offshore, said Jens Tommerup.”

“At European Energy this is an important step forward and adds to our exciting journey within wind development and increased focus on nearshore and offshore project opportunities. With this cooperation we now become an important part of the testing process for the world’s most powerful wind turbines and the next generation of the 3 MW platform is extremely exciting for us and the future of offshore wind, both here in Denmark and the rest of the world,” said Knud Erik Andersen, CEO and co-founder of European Energy A/S.

The first V164-8.0 MW prototype was installed at the Danish National test centre in Østerild in early 2014 and has been selected by DONG Energy for the 258 MW Burbo Bank Extension project in the UK.

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For more information, please contact:
Matt Whitby, Press Officer
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind
Tel: +45 2250 7131
Mail: matke@mhivestasoffshore.com

Knud-Erik Andersen, CEO
European Energy
Tel: +45 40 30 84 63

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 European Energy
European Energy develop, finance and build wind- and solar farms.
Through years of experience European Energy have developed competencies within all levels of the renewable energy value-chain – from green-field development to operation of power plants.

Since 2004, the company has developed 56 onshore wind farms and 21 photovoltaic plants corresponding to a total of 520+ MW capacity. As an independent power producer the renewable energy plants partially or completely owned by European Energy, produce clean energy corresponding to the consumption of 398,000 Danes.

About the Måde project
• Located in the port of Esbjerg, in southern Denmark
• The 23 MW project will utilise two V164-8.0 MW and two V117-3.45 MW turbines
• The turbines will be serviced by MHI Vestas Offshore Wind for 20 years
• Hub height for the V164-8.0 MW turbines is 118m and 91.5 m for the V117-3.45 MW turbines

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 V117-3.45 MW
• 3.45 MW rated power output, an increase of 0.15 MW compared to the existing V117-3.3 MW
• 57.2 m long blades
• The rotor diameter of 117m has a swept area of 10,751 m2
• The nacelle is 12.8 m long, 6.8 m high and 4 m wide, weighing approximately 125 tonnes.
• Since 2010 close to 5 GW of the new 3 MW turbines have been installed around the world.
• The two V117-3.45 MW turbines will be supplied by Vestas Wind Systems A/S
About the history of MHI Vestas Offshore Wind
• September 27, 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
• 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 16,000 British households)
• December 19, 2014: First V164-8.0 MW order from DONG for Burbo Bank Extension project
• December 31, 2014: V164-8.0 MW awarded Offshore Wind Turbine of the Year