Vestas Expands Production Footprint in India; Introduces V155-3.3 MW Wind Turbine

In a bid to tap the Indian wind energy market, Danish wind turbine maker Vestas has introduced its V155-3.3 MW wind turbine optimised for low and ultra-low wind conditions. Through this V155-3.3 MW wind turbine, the company initially targeted the low and ultra-low wind condition projects in the Indian and USA markets.

October 06, 2020. By Manu Tayal

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In a bid to tap the Indian wind energy market, Danish wind turbine maker Vestas has introduced its V155-3.3 MW wind turbine optimised for low and ultra-low wind conditions.

Through this V155-3.3 MW wind turbine, the company initially targeted the low and ultra-low wind condition projects in the Indian and USA markets.

The company claimed that this product increases the turbine swept area by 67 percent as compared to V120-2.2 MW, and with a large rotor to rating ratio, it significantly improves the partial load production in low-wind conditions.

Furthermore, it also improves the annual energy production (AEP) by over 3 percent for a 300 MW wind park with 46 fewer turbines, creating an improved level of business case certainty, the company said in a statement.

Commenting on the development, Thomas Scarinci, Senior Vice President of Product Management Vestas, said that “with the introduction of the V155-3.3 MW wind turbine, Vestas is connecting our proven 4 MW platform technology with customised solutions to improve our customers’ business case in low and ultra-low wind conditions.”

“With this product designed specifically to optimise energy production in low and ultra-low wind conditions, we are confident that we can bring enhanced value to our customers and partners in India and other suited markets,” Scarinci further added.

The company said that the turbine will be predominantly locally manufactured and sourced in India, and it will increase its already prominent manufacturing footprint in India by establishing a new converter factory in Chennai and expanding its current blade factory in Ahmedabad.

These investments follow the company’s previously announced new nacelle and hub factory in Chennai, which is currently under construction.

The production ramp-up will add around 1,000 new jobs within the next year to the approximately 2,600 people currently working for Vestas in India. While the expanded production setup in India will serve the growing wind market in the region, it will also act as a strategic export hub.

“We have installed close to 4 GW of wind turbines in India over the last two decades and established a large production footprint, and we’re excited to leverage this as we support the government’s ambitions for renewable energy. With the introduction of the V155-3.3 MW turbine, we are able to offer improved energy production and business case certainty for our customers in India’s growing wind market,” says Clive Turton, President of Vestas Asia Pacific.

Turton further added “with the production ramp up in India, we anticipate increased employment across our existing hubs, underlining our commitment to better support our customers and drive the country’s renewable energy transition”.

Meanwhile, the prototype installation has been planned for Q3 of 2021, while serial production is expected by Q1 of 2022.

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