April 24 (Renewables Now) - Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems A/S (CPH:VWS) today said it is adding two models with larger rotors of 116 metres (380.6 ft) and 120 m to its 2-MW platform.
The new additions to the platform that was launched back in 2000 are suitable for medium, low and ultra-low wind conditions globally. Still, the V116-2.0 MW turbine, which, the company said, beefs up performance in medium- and low-wind conditions, is described as a "perfect match" for North America.
The V120-2.0 MW, meanwhile, extends the reach of the 2-MW platform to ultra-low wind conditions and is particularly suitable for the stable low-wind low-turbulence profile of India, Vestas said. Two rival manufacturers, Senvion SA (ETR:SEN) and Nordex SE (ETR:NDX1) last week announced products for India as the country is holding this week its Windergy fair.
Deliveries of Vestas' new turbines will start next year. For the V116-2.0 MW they are expected to begin in the first quarter of 2018 and for the V120-2.0 MW -- in the third quarter.
This marks the fifth major upgrade to the company's 2-MW platform, which boasts more than 18,000 turbines installed around the world. With the new models, the platform's annual energy production has been increased by 40% since its launch.