Vestas is rolling out a new 4.2 MW wind turbine platform in three variants: V150-4.0/4.2 MW, V136-4.0/4.2 MW and V117-4.0/4.2 MW.
First introduced in 2010 as the V112-3.0 MW, the company’s 3 MW platform – now in its fourth generation – has been renamed the 4 MW platform. Vestas says the upgraded platform offers customization beyond classic wind regime classification: e.g., from typhoon conditions to low wind.
Vestas claims the V150-4.0/4.2 MW offers the largest rotor in its class and is now the highest-yielding onshore turbine in low wind. With the industry’s tallest tower of 166 meters, says Vestas, the V150-4.0/4.2 MW achieves a 20% higher annual energy production (AEP) in low wind (compared with the V136-3.45 MW) and lowers the maximum sound level down to 104.9 dBa.
Further, the V136-4.0/4.2 MW offers a higher AEP in medium wind conditions and achieves a sound power level of 103.9 dBa. Lastly, the V117-4.0/4.2 MW expands the 4 MW platform into strong wind or typhoon-type wind conditions.
Vestas says it has installed 4,000 units of its 4 MW platform across 34 countries on six continents. Since its launch seven years ago, the platform has achieved a 56% increase in AEP, according to the company.
Photo courtesy of Vestas: The original V112.3.0 MW platform, first introduced in 2010