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AWEA 2019: Vestas launches 3MW addition to EnVentus platform

Vestas has unveiled a new 3MW turbine for low wind sites at the American Wind Energy Association's Windpower 2019 conference in Houston, Texas.

The V138-3.0MW is part of Vestas' EnVentus platform that it launched in January
The V138-3.0MW is part of Vestas' EnVentus platform that it launched in January

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Its newly introduced V138-3.0MW model has a 138-metre rotor diameter, power rating of 3MW, and a variety of hub heights, starting at 83 metres.

The V138-3.0MW is part of the medium-speed geared EnVentus platform that the manufacturer launched in January, and which includes two 5MW-plus models. The platform's turbines feature a full-scale converter, permanent magnet generator and a two-stage medium speed gearbox.

Vestas stated that the new turbine is "globally applicable" but is "highly suitable for low-wind sites in sound-sensitive markets".

Prototype installation is expected in the second half of 2020, followed by serial production in the first half of 2021, the manufacturer stated.

Anders Vedel, Vestas’ chief technology officer, said: "By utilising many of the same components as the first two turbines, we can introduce the V138-3.0MW to meet customer requirements while lowering the levelised cost of energy and optimising the value chain."

Vestas added that the new turbine’s low specific power rating (200.7W/m2) ensures "greater energy production" and "higher certainty in performance".

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