Inching toward 10 MHI Vestas unwraps a 9.5-MW design

By Paul Dvorak Oh, so close. The 10-MW turbine has been an understandable challenge for the wind industry. Several years ago, we knew of at least three 10-MW designs that were on the drawing boards. But none materialized. Why? Stretching conventional technology to 10-MW sizes generates high stresses and handling that involves larger, heavier parts or more expensive materials, which all drive up costs.
The 9 and 9.5-MW wind turbines are part of the product portfolio intended to deliver affordable offshore wind power. Both turbines are based on the V164-8.0 MW, a machine already installed at the 258-MW Burbo Bank Extension. The company says

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