Vestas says that it has received an order from OX2 for 31 V126-3.45 MW turbines with a power-optimized mode to 3.6 MW and for the company’s de-icing system.
According to the Danish turbine manufacturer, the firm and unconditional order is for the Raskiftet wind park in the Norwegian municipalities of Amot and Trysil.
Vestas says its advanced de-icing system uses air heaters to capture, heat and propel air within the turbine blades. With VestasOnline SCADA integration, the de-icing system continuously monitors the turbines’ performance and engages when there is a net power production to be gained.
The order also includes the Vestas Obstacle Collision Avoidance System (OCAS), an intelligent radar-based system that activates the turbines’ aviation lights when an aircraft is operating in the immediate vicinity of the wind park. By activating the aviation lights only when needed, the OCAS minimizes visual impact while maintaining aviation safety.
According to Paul Stormoen, managing director of OX2 Wind, Raskiftet is OX2’s largest wind power project to date and its first wind farm in Norway.
Klaus Steen Mortensen, president of Vestas Northern Europe, adds, “We are very pleased that OX2 has chosen to work with us on their first Norwegian project and that they have chosen Vestas’ upgraded 3 MW platform, accompanied by our de-icing and collision avoidance systems, for the project. Our advanced de-icing technology is a critical element in regaining full power-curve capacity in cold climate conditions, while OCAS opens up new commercial opportunities for sites with regulatory lighting restrictions.”
Specifically, the order includes supply, installation and commissioning of the turbines and a five-year Active Output Management service agreement. Delivery of the wind turbines is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2018.