Mitsubishi and Vestas join forces

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd and Vestas Wind Systems A/S have announced an agreement to establish a new joint venture company dedicated to business in offshore wind turbines.

The plans call for the new company to be in place before the end of March 2014. The aim is to combine the respective strengths of the companies – MHI’s outstanding reliability stemming from its comprehensive technological capabilities and Vestas’ abundant track record in this field – to achieve synergy benefits that will enable the new company to become a global leader in the offshore wind turbine market, a market expected to grow rapidly in the years ahead.

The plans include an early market launch of a turbine based on the Vestas V164 platform and incorporating MHI’s new hydraulic drivetrain, the world’s first Digital Displacement® Transmission (DDT).

Mitsubishi is currently commissioning a prototype 7 MW DDT for the SeaAngel wind-turbine. This first system will be shipped from Yokohama to the new Hunterston test site in the west of Scotland early next year, whilst a second transmission is prepared for a floating wind-turbine offshore of Fukushima in Japan. Artemis has designed and manufactured valves, electronics and control software for both machines in the UK and continues to play a major role in the commissioning work in Japan.