Vestas installs first offshore V112s

SWEDEN: Vestas has installed the first offshore V112 3MW turbines, at E.on's Kårehamn project in the Swedish Baltic Sea.

Vestas installs first V112s off Karehamn
Vestas installs first V112s off Karehamn

In a statement, Vestas said the first eight V112s were in place. The company considers the installation a major milestone as a large proportion of each turbine's assembly happened onshore. Also, the V112 is a major platform for Vestas.

Speaking about the move, Vestas senior vice president of offshore Uffe Vinther-Schou said the company had a 483MW offshore pipeline for the V112.

The turbines were assembled at a new facility at Esbjerg harbour, Denmark. Under the new system, the nacelles arrive at the port with the hub and drivetrain already mounted and tested. The blades arrive at the harbour ready to be inserted into the hub. The tower comes in two sections and is assembled and put into an upright position prior to shipping.

Launched in 2010, the V112-3.0MW flagship prototype is Vestas's most important product launch since the lightweight V90-3.0MW turbine was introduced in 2003. Its technical features include a non-integrated drive system, a permanent magnet generator and a passive liquid-cooling system.

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