In Europe, more wind energy is planned for production from the open sea. OEM Areva says has taken up a significant challenge with its wind turbines, which have been adapted to offshore environments. With four years of experience operating the Alpha Ventus wind farm in Germany, Areva has demonstrated its reliability. Building on the technology of the M5000, a 5 MW turbine, the group has developed a new generation, the Areva 8 MW wind turbine, with increased power to improve the competitiveness of offshore turbines.
Areva says its wind turbines possess key assets for offshore use: reliability, efficiency and performance. The lightweight turbines facilitate transport and erection a crucial factor when working on the open sea.
The nacelle is assembled on land, so that it can be lifted offshore onto the tower as a complete unit. This saves time and costs and guarantees a high degree of safety to our clients. The reduced weight of the nacelle allows cost effective tower and foundation structures.
The company provides these few other details:
- The mast measures 110/114 meters
- The rotor has three blades with a 180-m diameter.
- The mast supports the nacelle, rotor, and blades for a total weight of 480 tons
- The power rate is 8 MWe
- It is suited for wind speed from 3 to 30 meters/second
The company provided no word on when the prototype might launch.
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