The colossal turbines, which will eclipse many skyscrapers, are essential for the offshore wind industry to remain profitable after countries have phased out the subsidies that have defined the green industry since the 1990s.
“At a time when the whole world is talking about how we approach the energy transition, this is one of the important answers: that you can have a discounted cost of energy lower than gas, oil and nuclear” , said the CEO of Vestas. Reuters, referring to the cost of an installation over its lifetime divided by the power it produces.
Large wind turbines are more efficient, which means fewer units and lower costs.
Vestas’ 15 MW turbine will be the largest in the world when it enters service in 2024. With a wingspan of over 230 meters, the turbine will sweep an area of 43,742 square meters – about the size of six football fields. – and will have the capacity to supply 20,000 homes.
The Danish company is now looking to deploy the giant wind turbine outside the mature European offshore wind market, as governments in the United States and Asian countries have set ambitious offshore wind targets.
“We see it as a global company. For us there will be more discussions with customers as we speak in Europe, the United States and especially Asia-Pacific,” said Andersen, highlighting markets like Taiwan and Japan where the Danish company already has a presence.
“Some would also have noticed that I spent almost a week in Korea just a few weeks ago,” he added.
Traditionally a manufacturer of onshore turbines, Vestas plans to expand into the growing offshore wind industry after taking full ownership of a joint venture with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.