(WK-intern) – Vestas has developed the V105-3.3 MW turbine, expanding the flexibility of the proven and popular 3 MW platform. The turbine is aimed at key markets with maximum tip height restrictions such as the UK and Ireland, as well as the IEC 1A high wind and high turbulence wind class.
According to UK government expectations, the onshore wind market in the UK will increase by 3.5-5.5 GW by 2020. Around two thirds of the market is restricted to operating tip heights of up to 127m. The market is characterised by high and turbulent wind conditions.
“Vestas is continuously optimising our product portfolio to meet customer and market requirements,” explains Chief Technology Officer Anders Vedel.
“The V105-3.3 MW has been optimised to meet the need for customers developing projects in markets with tip height restrictions such as the UK and Ireland. It will also increase annual energy production by up to 22% in IEC 1A conditions compared to the V90-3.0 MW, resulting in greater revenue for our customers,” he says.
“Building on the technology of the existing 3MW platform to develop the V105-3.3 MW means customers looking to develop projects on sites with tip height restrictions can gain confidence from the long track record of the technology, as Vestas has sold over 4.5 GW and installed almost 2 GW of the 3 MW platform around the world.”
About the V105-3.3 MW
The V105-3.3 MW is built from the proven technology of the V112-3.0 MW, with the same nacelle, hub and drive train technology, and featuring a smaller rotor size. The 51.5m blades for the turbine are built from the same technology as the 55m blade for the V112-3.3 MW, with modifications made to the mould to shorten the blade.
The full scale convertor of the V105-3.3 MW means the turbine is fully compliant with grid codes in the UK and Ireland.
The V105-3.3 MW will feature a 105m rotor and a 72.5m tubular steel tower. The prototype for the V105-3.3 MW will be installed in Q2 2014 in Høvsøre, Denmark and the first serial delivery available at the end of Q4 2014.