ENERCON unveils new 3-MW turbine series for the Canadian market

ENERCON Canada on the occasion of the Annual Conference and Exhibition of the Canadian Wind Energy Association introduced to the Canadian market two new turbine models as part of its 3-MW platform (EP3). The E-126 EP3 and E-138 EP3 are designed for sites with moderate and low winds respectively and are scheduled to go into production in late 2018 and early 2019. As well as promising much-improved performance and efficiency, the two new converters will benefit from optimised processes for production, logistics, and installation. ENERCON premiered the two converter types internationally at the Brazil Windpower event in Rio de Janeiro late August.

3-MW Turbine

The new turbines from ENERCON will include much-improved performance and efficiency, the two new converters will benefit from optimised processes for production, logistics, and installation. The E-126 EP3 and E-138 EP3 are scheduled to go into production in late 2018.

This latest offering is ENERCON’s response to new challenges facing converter technology in the important 3-MW segment. “We are increasing overall performance while maintaining ENERCON’s signature reliability, and significantly reducing cost”, says Arno Hildebrand, Director of System Engineering at ENERCON’s research and development arm, WRD. The E-126 EP3 will have a rotor diameter of 127 meters and a nominal power of 3.5 MW and is being designed for sites with moderate wind conditions in

The E-126 EP3 will have a rotor diameter of 127 meters and a nominal power of 3.5 MW and is being designed for sites with moderate wind conditions in Class IIA (IEC). The E-138 EP3 will also have a nominal power of 3.5 MW, but, with a rotor diameter of 138 meters, it is intended for low-wind sites in Class IIIA (IEC).

Streamlined for efficiency, these new models promise to be ENERCON’s lowest LCOE turbines yet. The E-126 EP3 and E-138 EP3 will be available in a choice of hybrid or tubular steel towers with hub heights ranging from 81 to 160 meters. Installation of the E-126 EP3 prototype is scheduled for as early as the third quarter of 2018; it will enter series production later that year. ENERCON plans to erect the E-138 EP3 prototype in the fourth quarter of 2018 before full beginning production in 2019.

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