Adwen has obtained the Type Certificate of its AD 5-132 offshore wind turbine awarded by the independent certification body DNV GL. This milestone marks the culmination of the turbine's certification process and confirms the platform's technology, which in turn bolsters the commercialization and industrialization processes.
The AD 5-132 has been designed and certified as Special Class, covering the most demanding offshore sites worldwide. This wind turbine is tailored for Subtropical Monsoon climates typical of Asian offshore markets and it is designed to resist typhoons as well as harsh environmental conditions such as high temperatures and humidity.
This offshore wind turbine is one of the most cost-efficient of its class, allowing a high degree of customization to adapt to customer needs. In addition, its modular design coupled with its high reliability minimizes operation and maintenance costs.
“This Type Certificate is an important step forward for Adwen as it confirms the technology performance of the AD 5-132, which has been designed to support extreme weather conditions while guaranteeing reliable performance and maximum energy output, thereby optimizing the levelized cost of energy”, said Maite Basurto, Adwen Chief Technology Officer.
“As the wind industry is venturing further into geographic regions with special climate, we see a strong increase of new technologies being introduced to the latest turbine types. Our fact-based type certification process verified that the innovative new system of the AD 5-132 is meeting the highest safety and reliability requirements, to deliver high performance even in extreme weather conditions”, states Mike Wöbbeking, Head of Certification Body at DNV GL Energy – Renewables Certification.
Adwen is a 50-50 joint-venture of AREVA and Gamesa dedicated to offshore wind. Adwen is responsible for the design, manufacturing, installation, commissioning and services of offshore wind turbines. Combining both AREVA and Gamesa wind expertise and extensive track-record, Adwen is ideally positioned to become a leading player in the offshore wind segment with the objective of garnering a market share of close to 20% in Europe by 2020. Adwen has corporate offices in France, Spain, the UK and Germany.
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