With an upgrade to its 3 MW platform, Vestas says the turbines will boost performance in all wind classes and increase annual energy production up to 12%, depending on site-specific conditions.
The upgrade's most significant elements include larger rotor sizes in all wind classes; a nominal power rating increase to 3.45 MW; optional power modes up to 3.6 MW; tower heights up to 166 meters; and an advanced, next-generation control system designed specifically for Vestas turbines.
With five rotor variants, two nacelle configurations, multiple power modes and 15 hub heights, Vestas says, the 3 MW platform becomes substantially more versatile in its market coverage.
"The upgraded 3 MW platform adds versatility by broadening the portfolio of turbine combinations," explains Anders Vedel, executive vice president and chief technology officer. "The result is that customers can select the optimal turbine configuration with higher precision – boosting performance at each unique wind site and lowering the cost of energy."
Delivery of the upgraded 3 MW platform will start in the fourth quarter of 2016.