Vestas launches new 3-MW systems onto the market

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With an improvement to the nacelle and larger rotor blades, Vestas is pushing its 3-MW platform and has launched three new variants onto the market. The V112-3.3 MW, V117-3.3 MW and V126-3.3 MW are based on the proven technology of the V112-3.0 MW, but deliver a power of 3.3 MW.

"Since the launch of the V112-3.0, Vestas has focused on optimising the technology to provide better performance and extend the platform, so that sites with weak, medium as well as strong wind conditions are covered," says CTO Anders Vedel. "The new V117-3.3 MW as well as our entire range of 3-MW wind energy systems now provide a 10% increase in nominal power, enabling the entire platform to deliver more energy and offer customers even greater economic efficiency," Vedel continues.

The new variants combine the improved nacelle of the V112-3.0 MW with the proven 55-meter rotor blade with blade extender for the V117-3.3 MW and the new 62-meter blade on the V126-3.3 MW. Vestas has installed the first two prototypes of the V112-3.3 MW in Denmark and successfully commenced operation. The prototypes of the V117-3.3 MW and V126-3.3 MW will be installed in July and August 2013.

In Scandinavia, Vestas has already sold three projects with the new 3-MW variants, altogether about 100 MW. One of these projects – the Noerhede Hjortmose project – will be built in the western part of Denmark, and after completion it will be the largest onshore wind farm in the country, according to Vestas. The job for Noerhede Hjortmose also includes a service contract for 20 years. "The fact that we already sold three projects with our new 3-MW variants demonstrates that our customers appreciate our development strategy," says Vedel.

Katharina Garus

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