Vestas has released its new V236-15.0 MW turbine, a 15-MW wind turbine for the offshore market.

“Introducing our new offshore platform is a huge achievement for everyone at Vestas, as it marks a big leap forward in a very important journey,” said Henrik Andersen, Vestas President and CEO. “As a global renewables leader, every decision Vestas takes today must be in service of building scale for renewables in the future – only by doing this can we ensure a more sustainable future energy system. Offshore wind will play an integral role in the growth of wind energy and the V236-15.0 MW will be a driver in this development by lowering levelized cost of energy thus making our customers more competitive in offshore tenders going forward.”

With the world’s largest swept area exceeding 43,000 m2, the V236-15.0 MW moves the boundaries of wind energy production to around 80 GWh/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 V174-9.5 MW, and for a 900-MW wind park it boosts production by 5% with 34 fewer turbines. It offers excellent partial-load production, resulting in a more stable energy production, and a capacity factor over 60% depending on site-specific conditions.

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

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