The shared nacelle technology and design allows Vestas to offer their 3.45-megawatt (MW) power mode across the company’s entire 3-MW platform. The power mode will now be available on the V105-3.3 MW, V112-3.3 MW, V117-3.3 MW, and V126-3.3 MW turbines.
“By staying focused on making our wind turbine operations more efficient, we can increase energy output and lower the cost of energy for our customers”, says Vestas’ Chief Technology Officer, Anders Vedel. “Continuous development and innovation of our 2-MW and 3-MW platforms adds flexibility to the product line and strengthens our customers’ business case”, Vedel says.
Optimizing Vestas technology
Over six gigawatts, or more than 2,000 turbines of the 3-MW platform have been installed in 24 countries worldwide. Under the right site-specific conditions, the 3.45-MW power mode will increase power output from 3.3-MW to 3.45-MW.
Fosen and Snillfjord wind farm application
In January 2015, Norway’s Statkraft and Vestas signed a letter of intent to supply wind turbines for the Fosen (owned by Fosen Vind AS) and Snillfjord (owned by SAE Vind DA) wind power projects in Norway, which have a potential of up to 1,000 MW. If the projects should result in firm and unconditional orders, Statkraft as the operator of the projects expects to utilise the 3.45-MW power mode on the V117 turbine.
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Robert Echavaria says
Interesting to see that Vestas was able to navigate the dearth of patents from GE on uprating technology. Although not new (uprating was first developed by United Technologies Corporation back in the 80’s), Vestas and GE have gone head to head on technology development and patent filings related to uprating and the optimization of turbine performance in a re-rated state. Determination of remaining useful life, output optimization, turbine control and wake effects are all ancillary to some of the most prevalent uprating technologies and patents.