Adwen turbines off Germany. Copyright: Adwen GmbH / J. Oelker.
French offshore wind power company Adwen has started the civil works for its first 8-MW prototype, which will be installed in Bremerhaven, Germany.
Adwen, a 50/50 joint venture between French nuclear power company Areva SA (EPA:AREVA) and Spanish wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa (BME:GAM), said on Monday that the main components of the AD 8-180 turbine will arrive gradually at the site until the installation begins in the fourth quarter of 2016.
The company in June started running the AD 8-180 drivetrain at the Fraunhofer IWES test bench in Bremerhaven, as part of a test campaign that will last until the end of the year. Adwen also said in June that the first 88.4-metre (290 ft) blade, the world's longest, had been manufactured by Danish turbine blade maker LM Wind Power and was to start testing in Denmark.
Type Certificate for the 8-MW model is expected in 2017 and serial production in 2018, according to Adwen's website.