Vestas to improve wind park performance and stability in wind power
Vestas will support this growth through improving the scalability of new wind power solutions and increasing business case certainty for customers. To support the projected growth and increased penetration of renewables in the global energy mix, we are introducing the V163-4.5 MW, expanding the Vestas 4 MW platform and offering superior wind park performance in medium to low wind conditions.
The V163-4.5 MW features an 18 percent increase in swept area and delivers up to ten percent higher Annual Energy Production (AEP) at park level compared to the V150-4.5 MW depending on site-specific conditions. With 80.1m blades, the V163-4.5 MW has a large rotor-size-to-rating ratio resulting in a higher capacity factor and an increased power output at medium and lower wind speeds when demand for renewables is high. Furthermore, temperature operation is increased by four degrees compared the V150-4.5 MW. This leads to improved production predictability and stability with the potential to increase the value of energy.
“The V163-4.5 MW improves business case certainty for our customers, and as it is built on one of the world’s most installed wind turbine platforms with a well-established global supply chain, it allows us to realise the full value of the investments made by Vestas and our suppliers through extending our technology lifecycles. The V163-4.5MW reduces the risk for customers, while ensuring that we design for scalability, which is key to our technological ambitions. This signals a new step in Vestas’ journey to drive industrialisation across renewables, and a pathway to increased profitability for the wind industry”, says Anders Nielsen, Vestas’ Chief Technology Officer.
The V163-4.5 MW is globally applicable, although it is particularly relevant for sites in the USA, Latin America, South Africa and parts of southern Europe. The exceptionally high and stable energy production at park level, paired with a well-established global supply network, enables an accelerated build-out and wind penetration on sites beyond the usual ideal wind conditions.
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