Vestas has signed a multiyear supply agreement with TPI Composites (TPI), an Arizona-based manufacturer of composite wind blades.
The agreement includes producing V150-4.2 MW turbine blades primarily for Asian markets, as well as global markets when applicable.
TPI will set up four manufacturing lines at its new factory in Yangzhou, Jiangsu, China, offering a base for worldwide delivery of the V150-4.2 MW turbine through the port of Yangzhou. With production scheduled to commence in the first half of 2019, the new factory will add local jobs, spur direct and indirect investments, and expand Vestas’ manufacturing presence in China.
The announcement follows other agreements with TPI, including blade production in Mexico for Latin American markets.
“We are pleased Vestas has chosen TPI as its outsourcing partner for its next-generation wind turbine, and we are excited to announce a significant expansion in China with a new world-class manufacturing operation for wind blades and wind blade tooling,” says Steve Lockard, president and CEO of TPI Composites.
Using 73.7-meter blades and the industry’s tallest steel tower, according to Vestas, the V150-4.2 MW wind turbine delivers a 21% increase in annual energy production compared to the V136-3.45 MW.