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Vestas delays giant wind blade | Europe

Vestas delays giant wind blade

The construction of a giant wind blade at Vestas? UK R&D centre has been delayed, the Danish turbine manufacturer said today, as it posted worse than expected first quarter operating losses.

Vestas said its new seven megawatt prototype being developed at its R&D factory on the Isle of Wight would now not be ready until 2014. The first V164-7.0 MW had expected to be completed at the end of the year. The company also confirmed today that it was talking to potential partners on "the further development" of the giant turbine, which has a blade 80 metres long and is being designed to withstand the roughest offshore conditions.

The delay to the development of the blade was announced as the world?s biggest wind turbine maker reported operating losses of ?245 million (£199 million) for January to March, compared to ?69 million (£56 million) a year earlier. The results, which the company described as "disappointing", were blamed on cost overuns and faulty equipment. The company was forced to set aside ?40 million (£32.5 million) to repair gearboxes in one of its wind turbine models, the company said.

Vestas first unveiled plans for the V164-7.0 MW 13 months ago. At the time, it said it would be "obvious and ideal choice" for many UK Round 3 offshore farms, able to provide the "highest energy capture and the highest reliability" in deepwater conditions around the UK coast.
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Posted by Gloria Llopis | 2012-05-07