Vestas, a Danish manufacturer, seller, installer, and servicer of wind turbines, posted on June 28 that it has awarded an 11-MW turbine supply contract in China making its first 4 MW platform order in China’s distributed wind market.
The company stated that China is aiming to decentralize the wind turbine demand from predominantly large and centralized wind parks in remote areas to smaller distributed wind projects.
The intention to multiply number of distributed wind energy projects are favoured by state policies and subsidies. However, there are many stricter land constraint and increasingly complex grid and environmental requirements that are essential works to be done before the achieving the goal.
Vestas also noted that as the electricity is consumed locally, rather than transmitted over long distances, increasing number of distributed wind energy projects and minimize its size will reduce natural power loss and increases efficiency. According to Wood Mackenzie, China’s distributed wind energy market is expected to see an average of 1.5 GW in annual addition in installed capacity until 2027.
Vestas is tasked to deploy a wind energy solution that leverages its 4 MW platform’s full-scale converter and low sound power levels, making it highly suitable for China’s distributed wind projects primarily located in densely populated areas with strict grid and environmental regulations.
The 11 MW order includes a 2-year Active Output Management 4000 (AOM 4000) service agreement. Delivery and commissioning are expected to begin in the third quarter of 2019.
Under customers’ request, Vestas did not reveal the name of Chinese company or the project.
“We intend to bring our global expertise in developing wind energy solutions for local power grids to China to support our customers business case in distributed wind projects, demonstrating our long-term commitment to the market,” said Thomas Keller, President of Vestas China.
“This order underlines the strong fit and versatility of Vestas’ powerful 4 MW platform and how Vestas’ flexible product portfolio enables new wind projects”.