Vestas has introduced a new wind turbine: the V136-4.2 MW Extreme Climate. This new addition to the manufacturer’s 4-MW platform offers maximum energy production in low to medium wind speeds and can handle extreme weather conditions. This includes those at many sites previously believed to be too challenging for safe wind-turbine production, according to the company.
The Extreme Climate is built on the V136-4.2 MW platform with design optimizations, such as re-enforced blades and a strengthened hub. Suited to onshore and offshore sites, the new turbine design is capable of withstanding extreme wind speeds of 53 m/s (exceeding IEC class I extreme wind speed) and extreme wind gusts of up to 74 to 78 m/s.
“The larger rotor delivers improved energy production, with the strength and versatility necessary to handle extreme wind gusts and high turbulence,” said Thomas Korzeniewski, Vestas’ VP of Product Strategy. In addition, the new turbine is suitable for areas with low grid capacity, thanks to Vestas’ full-scale converter, which offers advanced active and reactive power capabilities.
According to Vestas, the V136-4.2 MW Extreme Climate will also come with assistance for transportation capabilities for challenging sites, full type certificate for global applicability, as well as project specific solutions such as Vestas’ Cold Climate Solutions and High Wind Operations. The turbine is also designed to withstand above-average frequency events and intense lightning strikes such as those associated with Typhoons.
“We are building on the reliability of Vestas’ 4MW platform to broaden its applicability for diverse and challenging wind and weather conditions,” said Clive Turton, President of Vestas Asia Pacific.
Serial production is expected by mid-2021 and delivery later that year.