MingYang Smart Energy says it expects to deliver what will be the first floating wind turbine to be installed offshore China in 2021
MingYang said next year will see it deliver a floating wind turbine rated at 5.5 MW. The company did not specify which of its turbines would be used or name the windfarm where it would be tested but said it will be installed off the coast of Yangjiang City in Guangdong province.
The capacity of the turbine suggests it must be MingYang’s MySE5.5-155 as used on the Xinghua Bay 1 pilot project.
“MingYang is conducting R&D work on the prototype and has completed integrated load simulations,” the Chinese turbine company said in a brief statement.
“Floating offshore wind in China looked like a distant plan, but we are witnessing floating wind unfold here,” said the company. “This is a giant leap forward for offshore wind in China. MingYang is positioning itself as a forerunner to develop this exciting technology and unleash the vast potential of floating wind power.”
Earlier this year the company announced it was developing a 10-MW floating wind turbine.
Earlier this month, MingYang unveiled an 11-MW offshore wind turbine, the MySE11-203, which it describes as the world’s largest hybrid drive wind turbine.
Designed to meet the requirements of IEC wind class IB, the MySE11-203 has a nameplate capacity of 11 MW, rotor diameter of 203 m and 31% higher annual energy production than its predecessor in the company’s portfolio. The turbine has 99-m long carbon-glass hybrid blades and a swept area of 32,365 m2. A prototype is due to be erected in 2021. It will be commercially available in 2022.
MingYang said it aims to become a leading global player in offshore wind in the long term and is targeting the European offshore wind market.
The Chinese company recently established a European business and engineering centre in Hamburg, to introduce its turbines to the European market and deepen technical and commercial co-operation with partners in Europe.
In June 2020, the company said it had been awarded a contract to supply its 8-MW offshore wind turbine for China Three Gorges’ Xinghua Bay 2 offshore windfarm.
The company supplied two MySE5.5-155 offshore wind turbines for the Xinghua Bay 1 pilot project in 2018.