Vestas provides added oomph
Danish compnay's top-drawer turbine range ugraded to 3.45MW
Danish manufacturer Vestas has upgraded its 3.3MW onshore wind turbines to 3.45MW across the board to increase energy performance by up to 12%.
The V105, V112, V117 (pictured) and V126 have been boosted from 3.3MW to 3.45MW through a combination of larger rotor sizes, optimisation of load carrying structures, optimised power converters and control system changes.
Vestas said its new control system based on industry 4.0 standards significantly increases input/outputs for a flexible and future-ready system setup. Vestas claims the Ethernet-based system reduces physical components housed in the turbine by 40%.
The V126-3.45 MW is now able to operate in medium wind, and V117-3.45 MW is certified for high wind conditions. The V112-3.45 MW and V105-3.45 MW are also certified for high wind conditions.
The Danish company has also introduced an optional power mode of up to 3.6MW for the highest wind sites.
The move comes after Vestas launched the V136-3.45MW in September, which features 66.7-metre blades.
The 3MW platform is now available with five rotor variants, two nacelle configurations, multiple power modes and 15 hub heights, the company said.
“The upgraded 3 MW platform adds versatility by broadening the portfolio of turbine combinations”, said Vestas chief technology officer Anders Vedel.
“The result is that customers can select the optimal turbine configuration with higher precision, boosting performance at each unique wind site and lowering the cost of energy.”