At the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) WINDPOWER 2011 conference in California this week, wind energy giant Vestas unveiled a new and improved design of its most popular wind turbine. “New state-of-the-art technology is combined with proven reliability in Vestas’ new 2 MW GridStreamerTM platform,” Vestas announced.
“With the introduction of a more powerful and versatile 2 MW GridStreamerTM range, customers can deploy a modular fleet of efficient and fully grid compliant 2 MW turbines for optimal performance across all wind classes and site conditions,” Senior Vice President for the 2 MW platform, Claus Stegmann Strøeh, said.
The gearvox and large rotors have been improved and the energy production benefits are substiantial.
“At a typical IEC I site (high wind), the new V90-2.0 MW GridStreamerTM provides approximately 10 per cent more energy output than the V80-2.0 MW. On an IEC II site (medium wind), the new V100-2.0 MW GridStreamerTM produces up to 15 per cent more energy compared to a V90-1.8 MW.”
Vestas has had over 7,800 of its 2 MW wind turbines installed worldwide since 1998. Using data from these as well as data from 43,000 other wind turbines, Vestas was able to make the changes needed to create this newest model.
“The upgraded 2 MW platform is planned for global release and will initially be marketed in the North American, Northern European, and Mediterranean regions. Central Europe will follow later this year,” Vestas announced.
Read more about the new turbine here: Two upgraded 2 MW turbines launched at AWEA.
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