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Vestas, a manufacturer of wind turbines, has produced the first V174-9.5MW blade in its Taiwan facility with Tien Li Offshore Wind Technology (Tien Li).
These blades are part of Vestas V174-9.5MW offshore wind turbine and will be installed at Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners Changfang offshore wind farm in 2022.
The 35-ton blade measures 85m in length and is made from materials made in Taiwan.
Vestas is currently working in Taiwan on an offshore project capacity close to 1.2GW.
Michael Balvers, Vestas Asia Pacific’s COO, says that blades are the most difficult part of our turbine to make. The first offshore blades were produced in Asia Pacific for the first-time. However, with the support of our launch team in Ahmedabad, India and support teams from all across APAC and Denmark, we have been able to overcome these obstacles and produce the blades in Taiwan in the safest manner and quality Vestas is renowned for.
Alex Robertson, General Manager of Vestas Taiwan said that Taiwan’s first V174-9.5MW blade was a significant achievement in the growing wind industry. “Vestas continues its investment in Taiwan’s supply chain, with blades production the most tangible result.”
Tien Li’s crucial milestone and a major step forward for the Taiwan offshore wind industry is the completion of Taiwan’s first blade. Many challenges were overcome, including lack of raw materials to construct the factory, COVID impact, boundary restrictions that prevent engineers from being sent, and technical transferring limitations. We remained strong in our belief and committed to solving all problems, and the Taiwan blade was made. “It’s an honor to be the partner in this meaningful endeavor,” said KD WU Chairman of Tien Li.