Vestas V164

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Prototype V164 turbine mounted onshore.

The Vestas V164-8MW is a three bladed offshore wind turbine, produced by Vestas, with a world-record 8–9 megawatt nameplate capacity. The first prototype unit was operated at Østerild in northern Denmark in January 2014,[1] and the first industrial units were installed in 2016 at Burbo, off the west coast of the UK.[2][3] In 2011, MHI-Vestas co-owner Vestas announced it was planning to build the V164 at a presentation in London.[4]


From 2014[5] to 2017, this offshore turbine has the largest installed capacity,[6] with diameter of rotor 164 metres (538 ft) and swept area 21,124 square metres (227,380 sq ft). Each blade weighs 33[7]-35 tonnes.[8][9]

Originally called the Vestas V164-7.0MW, at 7.0 MW, the output was increased to 8.0 MW,[10] later to 9.0 MW.[11] The next largest wind turbines and competitors to the V164 are the Siemens Wind Power SWT-8.0-154 and Adwen AD 8-180 offshore turbines with a rated capacity of 8 MW.[12] The Enercon E-126 turbine is rated up to 7.58 MW, but only installed onshore.[13][6]

Starting November 2013, a prototype was installed at Østerild test station. The bottom tower sections weighs over 200 tonnes and is 24 metres long and 7 metres in diameter. The nacelle weighs 390 tonnes. The turbine weighs 1,300 tonnes and the foundation weighs 4,000 tonnes. The total height is 220 m (720 ft).[14] It became operational in January 2014.[15] Later that year favourable winds allowed it to sustain its rated 8 MW power for 24 hours for a record one-day production of 192 MWh.[16] In 2017 the 9 MW version did the same for a new one-day production record of 216 MWh.[17]

Notable Sites[edit]

United Kingdom: Burbo Bank Offshore Wind Farm[edit]

The model was shifted from prototype to production in 2014, when DONG Energy ordered 32 turbines (256 MW) for the extension of the 90 MW Burbo Bank Offshore Wind Farm. The nacelles will be produced at the former Odense Steel Shipyard, while the blades are made at Vestas' Isle of Wight facilities. Assembly will take place in Belfast.[18][19][20] Installation began in 2016.[2]

Belgium: Norther N.V Wind Farm[edit]

In December 2016, Norther N.V. (Eneco/ Elicio) announced that MHI Vestas Offshore Wind will provide 44 x V164-8.4 MW (totalling approximately 370 MW) wind turbines to Belgium’s largest offshore wind project, located in the Belgian North Sea, approximately 23 km off the coast of Zeebrugge.[21]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b "First 8MW giant up at Burbo 2",, 8 September 2016 
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  5. ^ "10 big wind turbines". Windpower Monthly. Archived from the original on 9 February 2014. Retrieved 2 March 2017. 
  6. ^ a b Shaun Campbell (26 July 2016). "10 big wind turbines". Windpower Monthly. Archived from the original on 2 November 2016. Retrieved 2 March 2017. 
  7. ^ "LM Windpower bygger verdens længste vindmøllevinge". Ingeniøren. Retrieved 21 June 2016. 
  8. ^ Vestas V164-8.0 MW®
  9. ^ V164 8.0MW
  10. ^ A new era for offshore wind power: Presenting Vestas’ V164 – 7.0 MW Turbine for Offshore Power Plants Archived September 11, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ Nield, David. "This Monster Wind Turbine Just Set a New Record for Energy Output". ScienceAlert. Retrieved 2017-02-01. 
  12. ^ "Siemens Rolls Out 8MW Wind Turbine". Offshore Wind. 5 July 2016. Retrieved 22 February 2017. 
  13. ^ "'We're not afraid of offshore, but we decided to put 150% into onshore'". Recharge. 2016 [2015]. Retrieved 23 February 2017. 
  14. ^ Morten Kyndby Holm & Ole Iversen. "World's biggest turbine on the way" 26 November 2013. Accessed: 26 November 2013.
  15. ^ Wittrup, Sanne. "Power from Vestas' giant turbine" (in Danish. English translation ). Ingeniøren, 28 January 2014. Accessed: 28 January 2014.
  16. ^ "MHI Vestas 8 MW Turbine Breaks World Record", 17 October 2014.
  17. ^ "World’s most powerful wind turbine once again smashes 24 hour power generation record as 9 MW wind turbine is launched" "", 30 January 2017.
  18. ^ Bredsdorff, Magnus. "Nu indleder Vestas serieproduktion af verdens største havmølle" Ingeniøren, 22 December 2014. Accessed: 24 December 2014.
  19. ^ Børsen
  20. ^ DONG PR
  21. ^ "World's most powerful wind turbine selected for Belgium's largest offshore wind park". MHI Vestas Offshore Wind. Retrieved 20 February 2017. 

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