CANWEA 2017: Senvion offers 3.7MW turbine in North America

NORTH AMERICA: German manufacturer Senvion has added to its product portfolio available in North America with a 3.7MW turbine, plus confirmed an 18.4MW turbine order in Canada.

Senvion's new 3.7M144 model will produce 6.7% more energy than current 3.4M140 version

The 3.7M144 machine will feature a 144-metre rotor diameter and produce roughly 6.7% more energy than the 3.4MW, 140-metre rotor diameter version of the platform.

The 3.7M144 meets with all grid codes in North America and "can be customised with different electrical capabilities to optimise costs", Senvion said.

Senvion made the announcement at the CANWEA 2017 exhibition and conference, taking place in Montreal (3-5 October).

The firm revealed the 3.7M144 machine for the European market at last month's Husum Wind fair in Germany.

In June, prior to the official release of the model, it was selected by RES Australia to be used at the 429MW Murra Warra project in Victoria, as part of a so-called Delivery Partnership Agreement.

Senvion has installed 2.6GW of capacity in North America to-date.

Turbine supply order

Senvion has also signed a turbine supply agreement for Wpd Canada's 18.4MW White Pines wind project in Ontario.

The project was originally slated to use 27 Senvion 2.05MW turbines, but Ontario's Environmental Review Tribunal only approved nine turbines after ruling the larger project would cause "serious and irreversible harm" to the Little Brown Bat, which is on the province's endangered species list, and the Blanding's Turtle, which is considered threatened in Ontario.

Ontario and neighbouring Quebec have been key markets in North America for Senvion, but both are on the wane.

The company is looking to add to its 1.4GW installed base in Canada and the 1.2GW it has operating in the US in the face of aggressive competition for market share.

"We're looking for those sites and clients where our turbines can be most competitive," says Lance Marram, who was named CEO of Senvion North American three months ago.

"We have to be even more creative, looking at the best supply chain solutions that we can provide and obviously the least-cost logistically to get to these locations. That's a challenge, but it's underway and we're making some good progress."