Vestas says it has launched the V105-3.3 MW for the windy and turbulent conditions of the UK and Ireland. The V105-3.3 MW is optimized for sites with tip height restrictions and increases annual energy production by up to 22% in high wind conditions compared to the V90-3.0 MW http://bit.ly/1amB2fG
“Building on the technology of the existing 3MW platform to develop the V105-3.3 MW means customers looking to develop projects on sites with tip height restrictions can gain confidence from the long track record of the technology, because Vestas has sold over 4.5 GW and installed almost 2 GW of the 3 MW platform around the world,” says CTO Anders Vedel.
The company developed the V105-3.3 MW turbine to expand the flexibility of the 3 MW platform. The turbine is aimed at key markets with maximum tip height restrictions such as the UK and Ireland, as well as the IEC 1A high wind and high turbulence wind class.
According to U.K. government expectations, its onshore wind market will increase by 3.5 to 5.5 GW by 2020. About two thirds of the market is restricted to operating tip heights of up to 127m. The market is characterized by high and turbulent winds.
The V105-3.3 MW is built from the proven technology of the V112-3.0 MW, with the same nacelle, hub, and drive-train technology, and featuring a smaller rotor size. The 51.5m blades for the turbine are built from the same technology as the 55m blade for the V112-3.3 MW, with modifications to the mold to shorten the blade.
The V105-3.3 MW will feature a 105m rotor and a 72.5m tubular steel tower. The prototype for the V105-3.3 MW will be installed in Q2 2014 in Høvsøre, Denmark and the first serial delivery available at the end of Q4 2014.