The production of the M5000 aims for maximum efficiency: its erection at the offshore site requires the minimum number of assembly steps. A team of experienced technicians assembles the individual components of the M5000 at a modern production facility in Bremerhaven. The finished systems are thoroughly tested before they leave the assembly halls, ensuring the consistently high quality which AREVA Wind values so highly. The M5000 manufacturing is divided into separate areas. The tower, or S3 section above the foundation, is equipped by a specialised team. Specialised personnel is also needed to implement the innovations which are integrated in the 5 MW capacity wind turbine. Each major component of the M5000 is especially developed for offshore use, in collaboration with the component suppliers. The M5000 components are designed for conditions at sea and are manufactured with extreme precision. Measurements and load tests are integrated into the work flow which has been shortened substantially, thanks to good teamwork between our engineers and production workers. The processes described and an expansion of production capabilities enables AREVA Wind to manufacture increasing numbers of our 5 MW wind turbines.
AREVA Wind strives for efficient production processes which are designed for modular manufacturing. This form of production enables highly efficient simultaneous manufacturing of sub-assemblies at specialised preassembly points. The cost and time required to finally assemble the nacelle and power electronics at sea are kept to a minimum. This process guarantees the best possible quality control and ensures that all pre-delivery system controls can be carried out to an optimum level with our full load test bench. Delivery can then be implemented via a heavy-load terminal adjacent to the production hall.