A portion of the blade on the first prototype of the Vestas Wind Systems A/S V112 wind turbine broke off late yesterday in Denmark, Michael Holm, a spokesman for the company, said.
A six- to seven-meter (20 to 23 feet) portion came off the blade at the turbine in Lem, western Denmark, Holm said today in a telephone interview from Randers, Denmark. “We’re looking into the root cause. We don’t see this as a design error.”
Vestas shares today declined 11.7 kroner, or 5.4 percent, to 206.3 kroner at 11 a.m. in Copenhagen after earlier slumping as much as 6.4 percent, the most since Aug. 18. The company has shed more than a third of its value this year after twice lowering its 2010 sales forecast.
The V112 has a capacity of 3 megawatts and is the latest turbine to be added to the Vestas sales range. The company on Aug. 12 said it had won an order for 140 of the turbines for the largest wind power project in Australia.
“The turbine is not for delivery until mid-2011,” Holm said. “There’s plenty of time to take this incident into account.”
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