Vestas launches low-wind turbine variant for Indian market, expands production footprint

Vestas has launched a new variant of turbine optimised for low and ultra-low wind project conditions in India.

The company in a statment said -while the new turbine is globally applicable, it initially targets low and ultra-low wind condition projects in India and USA. It increases the turbine swept area by 67 percent in comparison to V120-2.2 MW, and with a large rotor to rating ratio, it significantly improves the partial load production in low-wind conditions.

It added that the turbine would be locally manufactured and sourced in the country. The company said it would also establish a new converter factory in Chennai and expand its current blade factory in Ahmedabad to increase the firm’s manufacturing in India.

The new trubine was introduced by Vestas’ Chief Executive Officer Henrik Andersen in a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi .

Vestas notes that the V155-3.3 MW improves the annual energy production (AEP) by more than three percent for a 300 MW wind park with 46 fewer turbines, creating an improved level of business case certainty.

With the introduction of the V155-3.3 MW wind turbine, Vestas is connecting our proven 4 MW platform technology with customised solutions to improve our customers’ business case in low and ultra-low wind conditions”, said Thomas Scarinci, Senior Vice President of Product Management Vestas.

He added “With this product designed specifically to optimise energy production in low and ultra-low wind conditions, we are confident that we can bring enhanced value to our customers and partners in India and other suited markets”.

With an optimised blade design and market specific towers up to 140m hub height, the turbine is designed to meet local transportation requirements.

The V155-3.3 MW features a full-scale converter delivering excellent grid compliance, faster active and reactive power during dynamic frequency and voltage events.

Prototype installation is planned for the third quarter 2021, while serial production is expected by the first quarter of 2022.

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