Danish wind turbine company, Vestas Wind Systems AS, has launched a new turbine that will increase offshore wind generation capacity, lower costs and improve efficiency. The V236-15.0 MW turbine will strengthen Vestas’ ability to compete for tenders from this year, the company said.
The world’s largest turbine builds on design synergies from existing turbine platforms, with a modular approach to component scaling. The unit has the largest swept area of 42,000m2 and will generate 65% more power than the company’s earlier V174-9.5 MW unit. For a 900-MW wind farm, Vestas estimates that production could increase by 5% with 34 fewer turbines.
Company president and CEO, Henrik Andersen, said: “As a global renewables leader, every decision Vestas takes today must be in service of building scale for renewables in the future. 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.”
Vestas’ CTO, Anders Nielsen, added: “With the V236-15.0 MW, we raise the bar in terms of technological innovation and industrialisation in the wind energy industry, in favour of building scale. The new offshore platform forms a solid foundation for future products and upgrades.”
The first V236-15.0 MW prototype is likely to be installed in 2022, with series production expected to start in 2024.