Vestas is introducing the V136-4.2 MW extreme climate wind turbine. This wind turbine offers maximum energy production in low to medium wind speeds, and has been designed to handle extreme weather conditions that have previously been challenging to exploit. This is a new variant of the proven 4 MW wind turbine platform of Vestas, and features design optimisations that include a reinforced blade and a strengthened hub. Its larger rotor delivers improved energy production, with the strength and versatility necessary to handle extreme wind gusts and high turbulence.
The V136-4.2 MW extreme climate wind turbine is capable of withstanding extreme average wind speeds of 53 metres per second, and extreme wind gusts of up to 74-78 metres per second. This variant is also designed to withstand the high intensity lightning strikes associated with typhoons. Thus, the turbine is specifically suitable for many project sites exposed to severe climate in Japan and other parts of Asia, as well as to markets such as the Caribbean and the UK. The turbine is also highly suitable for areas with low grid capacity due to a state-of-the-art full-scale converter that offers advanced active and reactive power capabilities. This wind turbine is applicable for use in both the onshore and offshore wind power segments. Serial production of the turbine is expected by mid-2021 and delivery later that year.