Vestas offshore wind turbine sets new output record

Aerial shot of the prototype Vestas V236-15.0MW offshore wind turbine at a testing facility
Vestas' V236-15.0 MW offshore wind turbine prototype (Image: Vestas)

Danish wind turbine maker Vestas has set a new world record with its prototype V236-15.0MW offshore wind turbine, producing a whopping 363MWh of electricity in a 24-hour period.

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Vestas’ prototype was installed at the Østerild National test centre for large wind turbines in Western Jutland, Denmark, late last year, and has undergone extensive testing and verification.

“Seven months into testing, we are excited to see the performance of the turbine at full power at continuously high wind. The verification campaign will continue to achieve the type certification and further demonstrate what a high-quality machine can deliver over time,” Vestas senior director test and validation Jesper Uth told OffshoreWind.biz.

The prototype broke the record previously held by Siemens Gamesa’s SG 14-222 DD offshore wind turbine test model, which produced 359MWh within the same timeframe.

The V236-15.0MW prototype stands 280m tall and has a production output of 80GWh/year. Vestas says it is capable of producing enough energy to power more than 20,000 households.

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The V236-15.0MW turbine will make its first official debut in 2024 at Ørsted’s Frederikshavn Offshore Wind Farm, which is being constructed off the coast of Denmark.

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