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Vestas reveals V136-3.45MW low-wind turbine

EXCLUSIVE: Vestas is today launching a 3.45MW low-wind V136 onshore turbine, the fifth model in its 3MW platform. It will be unveiled at the Husum Wind 2015 trade fair on Tuesday 15 September.

V136-3.45MW with advanced blade design and increased energy production
V136-3.45MW with advanced blade design and increased energy production

The latest edition of the platform incorporates a new 66.7-metre blade and a wider and taller tower, suitable for low wind conditions.

It is the fifth model in the 3MW range, which already offers turbines suitable for wind conditions from high to low-wind speeds. The V136-3.45MW offers even longer blades and a higher tower than the existing low-wind V126-3.3/3.45MW, which was launched three years ago at the Husum event.

The new 66.7-metre blades feature an in-house designed aerofoil with a high-lift low-drag ratio, and reduced noise levels.

The large diameter tower, which can be delivered in sections that meet road transportation requirements, offers a hub height of 149 metres.

"The V136-3.45 MW turbine combined with the high hub height large diameter steel tower is well-suited for low wind, space-constrained conditions such as one finds in some northern and central European markets," said Jan Hagen, chief product manager of the 3MW platform. "For very low-wind sites, the V136-3.45MW variant can generate more than 10% more annual energy production compared to the V126-3.3/3.45MW."

The V126 will remain a key part of the company's product range, focused on the upper end of the low-wind class. The 3MW platform has been been well received, particularly in the EMEA region, he said, and orders this year have expanded to the US and South America.

A prototype of the V136 will be installed next year at the Oesterlid test centre in Denmark, and production is expected to start in late 2017.

Further details coming soon.

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