Adwen is nearing the end of its installation of an 8 MW AD 8-180 prototype wind turbine platform in Bremerhaven (Germany).
The first three sections of the tower have now been installed, including the power section, with the fourth section to be installed in the next few days. The fifth and final section will be installed at the same time as the nacelle. Meanwhile, at Adwen’s facilities, the hub has been mounted on the nacelle, and this assembled unit is undergoing additional testing. The world’s longest blades are being stored on the site ready to be lifted.
Over the past 18 months, the 8 MW platform has undergone one of the most extensive validation campaigns in the industry. The individual and fully integrated subsystems have been tested, confirming the robustness of the turbine design. The comprehensive process has been of paramount importance to de-risk the technology, helping to speed-up the certification of the platform and provides customers with confidence in its expected performance.
“As we get closer to the commissioning of the AD 8-180 prototype, I am excited to have the opportunity to confirm what we have learned during one of the most demanding validation campaigns this industry has ever seen” said David Guiu, Adwen Chief Commercial Officer. “We are convinced that our wind turbine will be a top performer and a key contribution in the race to reduce the levelised cost of offshore wind energy thanks to its reliability and unmatched annual energy production (AEP)”.
The AD 8-180 is based on the proven technology of Adwen’s 5MW platform, of which the company has manufactured close to 1 GW. It has 8 MW of nominal capacity and a 180 metre rotor, delivering the largest AEP in the sector and contributing to competitive offshore wind cost of energy. The AD 8-180 has already been selected for three projects off the coasts of France, totalling 1.5 GW.