New wind turbines for Alstom Power
Longer blades, better efficiency and cheaper power says company
Global power generation specialists Alstom Power has announced it will upgrade its 3ME onshore EC0100 wind turbines and introduce a brand-new unit for 2013.
With more than 150,000 cumulative operating hours since 2008, existing turbines will be upgrading both existing units to maximize available wind resources and further reduce the wind power’s cost of energy, and also introduce a new machine to specifically address low wind speed sites worldwide.
The ECO 100 turbine, currently positioned for medium to high-wind sites, is to be upgraded to a high wind (IEC Class I-A) turbine, that the company claims will have one of the leading capacity factors in the class. The ECO 110 turbine, currently suitable for Class III sites, will be upgraded to a medium wind (IEC Class IIA) turbine. This model, with a 110-metre rotor diameter, is one of the largest available for Class II sites, and maximizes the energy yield of the turbine. Longer blades will capture more power more effectively, meaning less land space and fewer turbines are required to produce the same amount of energy.
Alstom has also announced plans to introduce a new high-capacity factor, low-wind turbine, the ECO IIX, which will be released in the second half of 2013 and have a rotor diameter of between 115 and 125 metres.
Alfonso Faubel, Alstom Power’s Wind business Vice President, said: “Energy yield is the biggest lever we have to increase value for our customers. Our ongoing investment in this new generation of powerful and reliable wind turbines further improves yield in all wind conditions by delivering a capacity factor increase of between 8 and 15 per cent across the various wind classes.”