Giant V236-15.0 MW wind turbine from Vestas produces its first kWh

The offshore wind turbine, installed at the Østerild National Test Center in Denmark, has successfully passed its first production tests, earning it the title of the most powerful wind turbine in the world.


15 MW of power and a swept area of ​​over 43,000 m2

The list of large wind turbines created by the wind industry is growing. Thanks to Vestas who are testing their most powerful prototype in Denmark and announcing today that they have successfully produced their first kWh of energy. The wind turbine in question is the V236-15.0 MW, a gigantic machine capable of meeting the electricity needs of 20,000 European households on its own.

Although unveiled in 2021, the turbine has just officially demonstrated its capabilities at the National Large Wind Turbine Test Center in Østerild. There, it will undergo an extensive program of tests and verifications over the next few months to ensure its reliability before the start of certification and series production. But now, with its first electric power, the V236-15.0 MW has won the world title of the most powerful wind turbine in the world. A title to which two other giants also aspire: the 16 MW Chinese wind turbines of Mingyang Wind Power and Goldwind, which are still in the early stages of development today.

This is a big step forward in our ambition to accelerate the transition to green energy and an important milestone for Vestas and our partners. Colleagues worked very hard and collaborated closely to ensure rapid progress in the development and assembly of the V236-15.0 MW prototype. With this wind turbine, we have set new standards in technological innovation, industrialization and scalability of renewable energy to create a sustainable offshore wind industry.

Anders Nielsen, Chief Technology Officer at Vestas.

Maximum performance for V236-15.0 MW

With a swept area of ​​over 43,000m2, the V236-15.0MW delivers peak performance for large offshore wind turbines and pushes the boundaries of wind generation to around 80 GWh/year. The machine is designed to deliver excellent performance while reducing the number of wind turbines in the park, which strengthens the project’s business case. After all, Vestas’ new maxi wind turbine offers 65% more annual energy production than the V174-9.5 MW model. It also exhibits excellent part-load performance, resulting in more stable power generation and a capacity factor of over 60% depending on site-specific conditions.

The company has already announced preferential supply agreements totaling more than 8 GW in five different markets.

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