Goldwind launches new 3MW platform

CHINA: Chinese OEM Goldwind has unveiled a new 3MW wind turbine platform for low-wind projects.

Goldwind's new 3MW platform will be aimed at the low-wind market

The GW3S permanent magnet direct-drive platform — similar to the 1.5 and 2.5MW platforms – will have models ranging from 3MW to 3.4MW and have rotos up to 140-metres in diameter.

It is expected the first turbines will be delivered to international markets from next year, the company said.

Goldwind described the new offering as a "smart wind turbine" with scalable capacity and "smart controls".

"The introduction of the GW3S smart wind turbine will allow our customers to maximise project economics with a larger nameplate design while benefiting from the scalability and adaptability of the 3MW platform," said Goldwind International CEO Tony Pan.

In early November, Goldwind won its largest US deal to date, a 1.87GW framework agreement with developer Vinridis Eolia for a cluster of projects in Wyoming.

The nine-project site will use Goldwind's 2.5MW and 3MW turbines.

Goldwind follows the rest of the world's leading OEMs in targetting the 3MW-low-wind segment of the market. 

Vestas, Gamesa, Nordex, SiemensSenvion, GE and Enercon have all released new low-wind models in the last 14 months.