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First 10MW Chinese turbine connected to the grid

Chinese manufacturer Dongfang has connected the country’s first 10MW offshore wind turbine to the grid.

Dongfang's 10MW turbine being installed at the demonstration site in Xinghua Bay
Dongfang's 10MW turbine being installed at the demonstration site in Xinghua Bay

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The OEM has connected a prototype of its D10000-185 model to the grid at China Three Gorge’s 280MW Fuqing Xinghua Gulf II Fuqing Xinghua Gulf II (280MW) Offshoreoff Fuzhou, Fujian, China, Asia-Pacific Click to see full details demonstration site off Fujian province in the south-east of the country.

Its direct-drive, typhoon-resistant 10MW turbine with a 185-metre rotor is the first 10MW-plus offshore wind turbine manufactured by a Chinese company to be grid-connected.

The prototype, which was installed over the weekend (12 July) has a hub height of 126 metres.

Dongfang currently has the most powerful operational offshore wind turbine of all Chinese manufacturers and aims to scale up its D10000-185 to 12-15MW with a rotor diameter of 230 metres.

However, rival OEM Ming Yang last week launched a new 11MW hybrid-drive unit and set its sights on commissioning a prototype in 2021.

Dongfang and Ming Yang join three western manufacturers in offering a 10MW-plus turbine. Siemens Gamesa recently announced its SG14-222 turbine, MHI Vestas offers a V164-10.0MW model and GE has its 12MW Haliade-X.

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