The Nordex Group has launched a new 140-meter rotor option for its AW3000 wind turbine platform, optimized for lower-wind conditions, such as those in India.
According to Nordex, the AW140/3000 is an evolution of previous AW3000 wind turbine models. The new model has an increased blade length through an integrated extension at the root of the blade. A broader rotor adds 12% more swept area and increases annual energy production by 4.5%-6.5%, says Nordex, adding that it minimizes the impact on manufacturing costs and time to market.
“The AW140/3000 adds to the range of products we have to reduce the cost of energy in the low-wind, high-capacity-factor segment typical of certain grid-constrained, non-European markets,” says Patxi Landa, chief sales officer of the Nordex Group.
The AW140/3000 turbine can be installed on 120-meter concrete towers, as well as steel towers with hub heights from 82 to over 100 meters. A prototype of the AW140/3000 will begin operation in mid-2018, and Nordex expects to receive type certification for the turbine in the same year. Series production is expected to begin in fall 2018.
The Nordex Group has completed orders for more than 4.4 GW of AW3000 wind turbines in 13 countries. The AW3000 platform currently includes the AW116, AW125, AW132 and AW140 turbines.