Vestas (www.vestas.com) recently launched its V100, 2-MW VCSS wind turbine. The company is confident in its 2-MW model technology because it has more than 9,700 of it installed. These turbines perform with an availability of 98.6% and a Lost Production Factor (LPF) of 1.8%, which is the share of the potential wind not harvested by the turbines. The company says their turbines also reliable and easy to service.
Tested in the world’s largest, most advanced wind-turbine test facility in Denmark, the V100-2.0 is said to reduce operating costs and increases business case certainty. That is, ensure a predictable return on investment for a wind power plant, and provide consistent and easy-to-forecast returns.
The V100-2.0 also includes an upgraded, U.S. manufactured gearbox. With this latest version of its 2-MW platform, Vestas has increased the power capacity of the widely used V100-1.8 MW to 2 MW and moved the turbine from IEC IIIA sites (with low wind speeds) to IIB sites that generally experience medium turbulence. This significantly improves the turbine’s annual energy production.
The company adds that serviceability improves with nearly double the access space from the tower to the nacelle, an integrated lubrication unit, and additional up-tower repair options for the intermediate and high-speed stages.
Features common to all Vestas 2-MW models include:
• A bedframe made from a single-piece casting mated to a main bearing housing that provides alignment and rigidity for the drivetrain
• A six-pole generator with a vacuum impregnated form wound rotor and stator
• A roof-mounted, free-stream cooler system The turbine is available in the North American and other limited markets. WPE
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