Vestas unveils 15 MW turbine

In: Turbines
Vestas has unveiled its new V236-15.0 MW turbine, which is expected to produce around 80 GWh/year, enough to power around 20,000 European households.

With the world’s largest swept area, exceeding 43,000 m2, Vestas claims that the turbine offers 65 percent higher annual energy production than the V174-9.5 MW. Vestas stated that, for a 900 MW wind park, it boosts production by five percent, with 34 fewer turbines. It also offers partial-load production, resulting in a more stable energy production, and a capacity factor over 60 percent depending on site-specific conditions.

The first V236-15.0 MW prototype is expected to be installed in 2022, while serial production is scheduled for 2024.

Henrik Andersen, Vestas President and CEO, said: “Introducing our new offshore platform is a huge achievement for everyone at Vestas, as it marks a big leap forward in a very important journey. As a global renewables leader, every decision Vestas takes today must be in service of building scale for renewables in the future - only by doing this can we ensure a more sustainable future energy system. Offshore wind will play an integral role in the growth of wind energy and the V236-15.0 MW will be a driver in this development by lowering levelised cost of energy thus making our customers more competitive in offshore tenders going forward”.

Anders Nielsen, Vestas Chief Technology Officer, commented: “With the V236-15.0 MW, we raise the bar in terms of technological innovation and industrialisation in the wind energy industry, in favor of building scale. By leveraging Vestas’ extensive proven technology, the new platform combines innovation with certainty to offer industry-leading performance while reaping the benefits of building on the supply chain of our entire product portfolio. The new offshore platform forms a solid foundation for future products and upgrades”.

Vestas, one of the leading turbine manufacturers onshore, has been bolstering its activities in the offshore wind market. The company recently completed the acquisition of its former offshore joint venture MHI Vestas from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. MHI Vestas designs, manufactures, installs and services wind turbines for the offshore wind industry. The pipeline of orders currently exceeds 4GW and the company has been named preferred supplier on a number of other projects in Europe, Asia and the US, adding more than 1GW.

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