The next offshore wind innovation site in the Netherlands will use two V164-9.5 MW turbines from MHI Vestas.
The company recently signed a firm order with Two Towers Consortium for the Borssele V offshore windfarm. The 19-MW project is designated as an innovation site that will test various innovations in and around the turbines.
The two-turbine project, slated for installation in 2020, will be innovative in a number of respects. To connect the monopile and transition piece, ‘slip joint’ technology will be applied. The technology, developed in collaboration with Van Oord, has two major advantages: it is maintenance-free, and it reduces installation time, which could result in significant cost savings.
The project will also use a new type of scour protection that will create an artificial reef, including oyster reefs, which will help promote a healthy and diverse marine ecosystem.
Borssele V will be located 20 km off the coast of Zeeland and within site III of the Borssele windfarm zone.
The Offshore Wind Journal Conference in London on 5 February 2019 will address key issues including global market developments, increasing turbine sizes, floating offshore wind and industry regulations.