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Wind energy giants team up to test 8MW turbine design

Danish wind operator DONG Energy and wind turbine manufacturer Vestas have entered into a cooperation agreement that will see them work together – testing Vestas’ V164-8.0 MW offshore wind turbine at Østerild test centre in Denmark.

“Through this agreement, DONG Energy becomes involved earlier in Vestas´ development of the V164-8.0 MW offshore wind turbine than previously envisaged,” DONG said in a statement. “This ensures DONG Energy a detailed understanding of and experience with Vestas’ new offshore wind turbine at an early stage.”

DONG will now engage in a number of test activities together with Vestas, evaluating the prototype at Test Centre Østerild to accelerate the development of the V164-8.0 MW. “Having DONG Energy so closely involved in the test activities will be valuable for us both”, said Ditlev Engel, CEO of Vestas.

As a result of the agreement, DONG has cancelled its plans to use the turbines at a demonstration project in Frederikshavn, as most of the tests planned by the company at the site will now be carried out by the two companies at Østerild.

In cooperating in the development of the turbine, the hope is the two companies can help bring down the cost of offshore wind, which is becoming a major concern to European governments – and particularly in the huge UK offshore wind market – as they seek to lift the burden of green subsidies from consumers during the economic crisis. Henrik Poulsen, CEO of DONG Energy, said: “We have an ambition to reduce the cost of renewable energy within the foreseeable future, and the V164-8.0 MW turbine could potentially be a solid contributor to that.”

The first 8MW turbine will be installed and commissioned at Østerild during the second quarter of 2014, and if the results are positive further tests and commercial collaboration between the two companies could follow.

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