Vestas has finalised installation of a 3.3MW prototype turbine at the Østerild National Test Centre for Large Wind Turbines in Western Jutland, Denmark.
Following the V155-3.3MW turbine’s first kWh, expected in early September, the prototype will undergo an extensive test and verification programme to ensure reliability before serial production begins in the first quarter of 2022.
Leveraging its continued focus on innovation and product development, Vestas has upgraded the variant to a 3.6MW standard rating.
The upgrade delivers an increase in energy production of more than 4% on turbine level depending on site-specific conditions, while maintaining siteability parameters.
It also features improved reactive power during dynamic frequency and voltage events.
Vestas chief technology officer Anders Nielsen said: "With this upgrade, we once again underline how we continue to optimise our technology offering with our commitment to innovation and product development."
Built on the well-proven 4MW platform, the V155-3.6 MW offers an excellent business case for our customers in the low and ultra-low wind segments globally."
The V155-3.3 MW turbine was launched in late 2020 as a 4MW platform variant optimised for the low and ultra-low wind segment.
The upgraded V155-3.6 MW has been design-optimised to enable an expanded market applicability, and it will predominantly be targeting low-wind sites in India and USA as well as a number of European and Latin American markets.
The V155-3.3 MW prototype turbine at Østerild will be upgraded to 3.6MW in the fourth quarter of 2021.
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