AD 8-180 prototype on final stretch

Thursday, 30 March, 2017 - 10:15
The first three sections of the tower have been installed, including the power section. The fourth will be installed in the coming days. (Photo: Adwen)
The first three sections of the tower have been installed, including the power section. The fourth will be installed in the coming days. (Photo: Adwen)

Adwen continues the development of its 8MW platform and has entered the final stages in the installation of the AD 8-180 prototype in Bremerhaven (Germany). After the foundation and the first three segments, including the power section, have been installed earlier this year, the fourth element is expected to be installed in the coming days. The fifth and final section will be installed at the same time as the nacelle. The world’s longest blades are already stored on the site ready to be lifted.

Over the past 18 months, Adwen’s 8 MW platform has undergone one of the most extensive validation campaigns in the industry. The nacelle has successfully completed pre-commissioning tests at Fraunhofer IWES DyNaLab. Afterwards the hub has been mounted to the nacelle in the Adwen facility. Now the unit is undergoing additional testing.

The new AD 8-180 platform has a 180 m rotor. With 8 MW of nominal capacity it delivers the largest AEP in the industry contributing to competitive offshore wind cost of energy. The turbine has been selected for three projects off the coasts of France, totalling 1.5 GW.

The AD 8-180 is based on Adwen’s 5 MW platform, of which the company has already manufactured close to 1 GW.

Philipp Kronsbein / Adwen

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