Vestas to install V236-15.0 MW prototype in Østerild

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 15/10/2021 Vestas
Vestas has decided to install its V236-15 MW offshore prototype wind turbine at the Østerild National test centre for wind turbines in Western Jutland, Denmark. The installation of the prototype turbine will take place in the second half of 2022 and its first kWh is planned for the fourth quarter of that year.

Anders Nielsen, Vestas Chief Technology Officer, said: “Colleagues across Vestas have worked very hard and collaborated closely to ensure the rapid progress in developing and assembling the V236-15.0 MW prototype, and this announcement is an important step forward for Vestas and our customers. Getting the prototype turbine in the ground will underline how the V236-15.0 MW will raise the bar in terms of technological innovation, industrialisation and scale in the wind energy industry”.

The prototype development work has already progressed across Vestas’ R&D and production sites in Denmark. The blade moulds have been developed at Vestas’ blade factory in Lem and the 115.5m long prototype blades will begin manufacturing later this year at Vestas’ offshore blade factory in Nakskov. The nacelle will be developed and assembled at the offshore nacelle factory in Lindø port of Odense. All large components will be preassembled and transported to Østerild, where installation will take place.

The prototype will be installed onshore to facilitate easy access for testing prior to installation, and the main prototype components will already have undergone thorough testing and verification at Vestas’ and its partners’ test facilities. During the initial period of operations, Vestas will collect data needed to obtain a Type Certificate, which is a key step in reaching serial production of the turbine in 2024.

With a swept area exceeding 43,000 m2, the
V236-15 MW is expected to produce around 80 GWh/year, enough to power around 20,000 European households. Launched in February 2021, Vestas secured its first pre-selected tenderer status for the turbine in July 2021 for the 900 MW He Dreiht project in Germany.

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