Vestas has installed the first V110-2.0 MW prototype turbine at a test site in Høvsøre, Denmark. The turbine has produced its first kilowatt hour of electricity and will undergo an extensive test and verification program to ensure reliability before full-scale production commences. Initial availability of the V110-2.0 MW is expected by year’s end.
The V110-2.0 MW is built on the proven technology of Vestas’ 2 MW platform and features a larger rotor using 55-meter blades. The turbine is optimized for production on low-wind sites, and increases annual energy production by up to 13.6 percent when compared to the V100-1.8 MW on low wind sites.
“Vestas’ product development strategy is to optimize our products and services to continue to lower the cost of energy for customers,” said CTO Anders Vedel. “The V110-2.0 MW is an extremely competitive product for maximizing energy production at low wind speeds, and over 400 turbines sold demonstrate customers are responding positively to Vestas’ strategy.”
In addition to the larger rotor, the V110-2.0 MW has a strengthened gearbox when compared to previous 2 MW turbines, to withstand the increased force from the wind on the larger rotor. Furthermore, new control features have enabled strengthening of the hub and other parts of the structure without increasing the overall weight.