Vestas launches V236-15.0MW to set new industry benchmark

11 Feb 2021

Vestas has introduced a new V236-15.0MW turbine. The new technology establishes a strong foundation for Vestas’ offshore leadership journey by elevating the industry benchmark for performance and continued cost reduction in offshore technology.

The V236-15.0MW will continue this ongoing effort by harnessing the optimum design synergies from existing turbine platforms, such as the 9MW and EnVentus platforms, and expanding the industrialisation of turbine design through a modular approach to scale components.

With the world’s largest swept area exceeding 43,000 m sq, the V236-15.0MW delivers industry-leading performance and moves the boundaries of wind energy production to around 80GWh/year, enough to power around 20,000 European households and save more than 38,000 tonnes of CO2, which is the equivalent to removing 25,000 passenger cars from the road every year.

Combining the wind industry’s largest rotor with the highest nominal rating, it is designed to deliver excellent performance while reducing the number of turbines at park level, strengthening the project business case. The globally applicable offshore turbine offers 65% higher annual energy production than the V174-9.5MW, and for a 900MW wind park it boosts production by 5% with 34 fewer turbines. It offers partial-load production, resulting in a more stable energy production, and a capacity factor over 60% depending on site-specific conditions.

The first V236-15.0MW prototype is expected to be installed in 2022, while serial production is scheduled for 2024.

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