One of the leading energy groups in Northern Europe, DONG Energy, stepped into a cooperation agreement with Vestas Wind Systems on Tuesday to become involved in the early testing of Vestas’ next generation V164-8.0 MW wind turbine.
The agreement will see DONG energy involve itself much earlier in the picture, allowing the company a detailed understanding of and experience with Vestas’ new offshore wind turbine.
“The cooperation with Vestas on the V164-8.0 MW turbine is very exciting,” said Henrik Poulsen, CEO of DONG Energy. “We look forward to give our input to the development of Vestas’ next-generation wind turbine, as large turbines, dedicated to offshore conditions, contribute to more competitive offshore wind turbine technology.”
“We positively view our relationship with Vestas. 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.”
DONG Energy will join with Vestas in a number of test activities at Test Centre Østerild to accelerate the development of the V164-8.0 MW, which is expected to be installed and commissioned during the second quarter of 2014.
“I am very pleased to see the most experienced offshore wind operator, DONG Energy, so actively stepping in to directly participate in the future testing of the V164-8.0MW turbine,” said Ditlev Engel, President and CEO of Vestas Wind Systems. “The turbine represents a great opportunity for both our companies and having DONG Energy so closely involved in the test activities will be valuable for us both.”
“I look forward to building on the trust that they have placed in Vestas and in our next generation offshore turbine to further intensify our joint collaboration.”
Source: Vestas Wind Systems