24 Oct '17, 5pm

MHI Vestas Selects US Facility to Test 9.5-MW Offshore Wind Turbine Nacelle

MHI Vestas Selects US Facility to Test 9.5-MW Offshore Wind Turbine Nacelle

On Tuesday October 24, 2017 at the AWEA Offshore Wind Conference, wind turbine manufacturer MHI Vestas announced that it is making a $35 million investment with Clemson University to test its newest 9.5-MW gearbox at Clemson’s facility in Charleston, SC. The investment comes with a five-year contract and is an important first step for the manufacturer as it eyes the U.S. market. The company said it intends to set up a U.S. office in a soon-to-be-decided location in early 2018 to officially enter the U.S. market. Testing the Turbine In November 2009, the U.S. DOE awarded Clemson a $45 million grant to build and operate a facility to test next-generation wind-turbine drivetrain technology. The university matched the grant with $53 million in public and private funds and developed the Energy Innovation Center, which can test drivetrains on two test rigs: one up to 7.5 MW and ...

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