Vestas Launches 9.5-Megawatt Offshore Wind Turbine; Shell Looks to 10-Gigawatt Projects

By [email protected] Danish wind manufacturer MHI Vestas launched a 9.5-megawatt offshore turbine this week. The machine is an upgrade from the company’s 9-megawatt model released earlier this year.

In January, Vestas reported that its new machine — an 8-megawatt-capacity turbine that can be uprated to 9 megawatts at certain sites — generated 216,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity in one day. That was a record for any commercial offshore wind turbine, according to the company.

Vestas also says its 9.5-megawatt model, which features blades that are 80 meters long, can produce enough electricity to power more than 8,000 U.K homes.

“With only minimal design changes,

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