Its rotor-to-generator ratio offers greater efficiency, and according to Vestas, the offshore wind turbine delivers high reliability, serviceability and availability under all wind and weather conditions.

It has an extended production envelope, and delivers “optimal” output in average wind speeds up to 9.5 m/s. The V112-3.0 MW offshore wind turbine will be class individually IECS certified for each separate offshore project.

Vestas has also joined a research programme with Nowitech, Norway, on floating foundations suitable for water depths of more than 30 metres.

“We are continuously looking into different solutions and materials that will bring even more value to our customers and lower the cost of energy in future offshore wind power plants. In that respect, floating foundations could be one possibility, and we consequently want to be involved in the relevant research being conducted,” Anders Søe-Jensen, President of Vestas Offshore says.

The first turbines will be installed in late 2010 and serial delivery in 2011.