Vestas intends to take part in the expected expansion of renewable energy in the coming decade by improving the scalability of new wind power solutions and increasing business case certainty for customers. In view of this demand it is introducing the V163-4.5 MW unit, an expansion of its 4 MW platform and designed to offer ‘superior wind park performance in medium to low wind conditions.’
The V163-4.5 MW claims an 18 % increase in swept area and delivers up to 10 % higher Annual Energy Production (AEP) at park level compared to the V150-4.5 MW unit, depending on site-specific conditions. With 80.1m blades, the V163-4.5 MW has a large rotor-size-to-rating ratio resulting in a higher capacity factor and an increased power output at medium and lower wind speeds. Furthermore, temperature operation is increased by four degrees compared with the V150-4.5 MW. This is intended to lead to improved production predictability and stability with the potential to increase the value of energy.
The V163-4.5 MW is globally applicable, although it is particularly relevant for sites in the USA, Latin America, South Africa and parts of southern Europe. The high and stable energy production at park level, paired with a well-established global supply network, enables an accelerated build-out and wind penetration on sites beyond the usual ideal wind conditions.
“The V163-4.5 MW turbine is optimised for medium to low wind speeds, unlocking new markets across North America. Built off our proven 4MW platform, this product utilises an established supply chain and existing infrastructure, including transportation and installation.”, commented Laura Beane, president of Vestas North America. Regarding scalability, the new variant shares most major functional and physical designs across modules with the V150-4.2 MW and the V150-4.5 MW.
Image: The V163-4.5 MW unit from Vestas