The V164-7.0 MW wind turbine is scheduled for installation in 2013 at the demonstration site, where DONG Energy has permission to install a total of six demonstration wind turbines. As part of the demonstration, DONG Energy and Vestas will cooperate on a technical due diligence of the V164-7.0 MW turbine.
”Demonstration activities are an important part of maintaining and developing DONG Energy’s position as a market leader in offshore wind power. We are delighted to be testing Vestas’ new dedicated offshore wind turbine. New and more efficient wind turbines are a crucial part of the efforts to reduce the construction costs for offshore wind farms,” says Anders Eldrup, CEO of DONG Energy.
Precisely the efforts to reduce the costs of constructing offshore wind energy farms are one of the focal points of the cooperation between DONG Energy and Vestas, and the V164-7.0 MW turbine is expected to play a key role.
Ditlev Engel, President and CEO of Vestas Wind Systems says:
”We are pleased that the agreement with DONG Energy on our coming offshore wind turbine has now been finalised. We expect a great deal from the opportunity to work closely together with the world’s leading offshore wind farm operator on the V164-7.0 MW turbine. The test installation will provide DONG Energy with the most detailed insight into the turbine, and we look forward to this opportunity to provide DONG Energy with the confidence they require to invest in the turbine for commercial projects further down the line.”
This investment will allow DONG Energy to potentially become the first customer to acquire next-generation Vestas wind turbines for future offshore wind farm projects.