Triton Knoll's world-leading preferred turbine is certified for installation

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 27 Jun 2018

The world’s most powerful commercially available wind turbine – set to feature on Innogy’s Triton Knoll offshore wind farm off the Lincolnshire coast – has been certified, clearing the way for first global installations to begin in late 2019.

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind is celebrating the milestone for its flagship V164 turbine platform as the 9.5 MW model has received its Rotor-Nacelle-Assembly Component Certificate.

Chief technology officer, Torben Larsen, said: “This is the culmination of years of hard work and is something we are extremely proud of. The type certificate provides our customers with the certainty and assurance that the 9.5 MW turbine will deliver on its promise.”

The final certification was received one year after MHI Vestas announced the 9.5 MW turbine to the market, moving the industry one step closer to double-digit MW turbines in the water.

Head of product management, Henrik Baek Jorgensen, said: “Announcing the world’s most powerful turbine and then receiving final certification one year later is no small achievement. This is a very important chapter in the growing legacy of the V164.”

The announcement speaks to the industry’s need for cost-effective power upgrades. Since the V164 was launched, MHI Vestas has uprated nominal power from 8 MW to 9 MW, and now to 9.5 MW – all with minimal design modifications.

Senior product manager, Anders Bach Andersen, said, “From the very beginning, we designed the V164 with reliability and cost-efficiency in mind. We’ve managed to increase power output 20 per cent without materially affecting cost. For today’s offshore wind customers, it’s more critical than ever that nominal power can substantively increase without a major re-design of the turbine platform.”

It underlines the progress across the industry, with Grimsby-operated Westermost Rough once a world-leader in commercial-scale wind turbine deployment when the 6MW Siemens models were first introduced in early 2015 on the Orsted farm off the East Yorkshire coast. 

The location of Triton Knoll offshore wind farm. 

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