Vestas introduces the V138-3.0 MW to reduce LCOE


Following the launch of the EnVentus platform in January, including the V162-5.6 MW and V150-5.6 MW turbines, Vestas recently introduced the V138-3.0 MW turbine at AWEA WINDPOWER in Houston, Texas. Based on the scalable EnVentus platform architecture, the V138-3.0 MW’s 138-meter rotor provides a large rotor-size-to-generator-rating ratio, strengthening Vestas’ portfolio of turbines through superior park level energy production, higher certainty in performance, and reduced levelized cost of energy.

The V138-3.0 MW is globally applicable but purposely designed to maximize performance under market specific constraint conditions. By combining the V138-3.0 MW turbine’s 138-meter rotor with an 83-meter tower, the new turbine offers the industry’s largest swept area under 152.4 meters (500 feet), a relevant height constraint in the United States. At the same time, the turbine’s leading sound power levels makes it highly suitable for low wind sites in sound sensitive markets such as France.

“The V138-3.0 MW underlines Vestas’ ability to continuously innovate and lead the industry in developing customizable and sustainable energy solutions that meet our customers’ needs,” saide Chris Brown, president of Vestas’ sales and service division in the United States and Canada. “This turbine is a perfect match for the North American market where higher certainty in Annual Energy Production at park level will become increasingly important for our customers to secure project financing and ensure profitability in a post-PTC market.”

With the introduction of the V138-3.0 MW, EnVentus now covers a wide spectrum of turbine generator ratings and rotor sizes, underlining the scalability of EnVentus’ platform architecture. Prototype installation is expected by the second half of 2020, while serial production is scheduled for the first half of 2021.