Vestas' 1st cable-stayed tower turbine up in Finland

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July 8 (Renewables Now) - Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems A/S (CPH:VWS) has installed the first cable-stayed tower turbine for what will be Finland’s first merchant wind park.

The V150-4.2 MW turbine was erected at the site of the 21-MW Viinamaki wind project in Finland, owned by domestic developer TuuliWatti Oy. Vestas announced the milestone last week, saying it will install four more turbines using its cable-stayed tower technology. The machines will be mounted on 175-metre (574 ft) towers, which will be the tallest all-steel wind turbine towers globally.

“With this technology, Vestas can efficiently unlock greater wind potential at higher hub heights while easing logistic constraints,” the Danish manufacturer said when announcing the order a year ago.

The Viinamaki wind farm will be used as a testing facility for Vestas’ cable-stayed towers technology and will play “a vital role” in its certification. Data from the site will be collected under a 10-year research and development (R&D) agreement between Vestas and TuuliWatti.

The companies also have in place an Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service deal beyond 25 years.

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