February 28 (Renewables Now) - Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems A/S (CPH:VWS) today unveiled a new variant of its 4-MW platform designed to operate in low to medium wind speeds in extreme weather conditions.
The V136-4.2 MW Extreme Climate turbine, as it is called, can be deployed both in onshore and offshore sites, building on Vestas’ V136-4.2 MW machine and offering a re-enforced blade and a strengthened hub. According to the manufacturer, the new turbine will be able to operate in extreme wind speeds of 53 m/s and gusts of up to 74-78 m/s.
Vestas intends to launch serial production of the V136-4.2 MW line by the middle of 2021, while deliveries are expected to be made later that year. It noted that the turbine is suitable for use in markets with severe climate conditions such as Japan, Southern China, the Caribbean and the UK. Areas with low grid capacity are also “highly suitable” for installation of the specific machine.
Vestas introduced its 4-MW platform back in 2010 and has installed 23 GW of turbines globally.