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A new turbine in the wind industry has been designed to handle extreme weather conditions while still producing maximum output.

In efforts to offering innovative solutions in the wind industry, the new V136-4.2MW Extreme Climate wind turbine is being introduced to the market.

Developed by Vestas, the innovation is said to offer maximum energy production in low to medium wind speeds, while being designed to handle extreme weather conditions that have previously been challenging to exploit.   

According to the company, this variant is applicable to other markets with similar conditions around the world, such as Southern China, Caribbean and the UK, for both onshore and offshore sites.

“With the introduction of V136-4.2 MW Extreme Climate, Vestas is connecting our proven technology with customised solutions to help customers unlock low to medium wind sites with high turbulence”, said the compnay’s vice president of product strategy, Thomas Korzeniewski.

“The larger rotor delivers improved energy production, with the strength and versatility necessary to handle extreme wind gusts and high turbulence,” Korzeniewski added.

Variant features of the design optimisation include a re-enforced blade and a strengthened hub. Read more: At great heights: Optimising wind turbines

Withstanding extreme wind speeds

The company noted that the technology is capable of withstanding extreme wind speeds of 53 m/s (exceeding IEC class I extreme wind speed), and extreme wind gusts of up to 74-78 m/s.

The variant is also designed to withstand above-average frequency events and intensity of lightning strikes associated with Typhoons, such as those seen in Japan.

The turbine is also suitable for areas with low grid capacity, complimented by the state-of-the-art full-scale converter that offers advanced active and reactive power capabilities.

Since its introduction in 2010, the 4MW platform has built a powerful legacy where ongoing innovations have resulted in up to a 56% increase in energy production, according to the company.