V236-15.0 MW™ Prototype
Delivering on a promise
The V236-15.0 MW™ was the first ever 15 MW turbine to be introduced to the market in February 2021. Join us, as we follow the journey of the prototype.
The installation of the V236-15.0 MW™ prototype turbine was completed in December 2022 where the turbine also successfully produced its first kWh of power. The prototype is installed at the Østerild National test centre for large wind turbines in Western Jutland, Denmark, where it will undergo an extensive test and verification programme to ensure reliability before full type certification and serial production begins.
The prototype development and assembly work has taken place across Vestas’ R&D and production sites in Denmark. The blade moulds have been developed at Vestas’ blade factory in Lem and the 115.5m long prototype blades have been manufactured at Vestas’ offshore blade factory in Nakskov. The prototype nacelle has been developed and assembled at the offshore nacelle factory in Lindø port of Odense. The test program for the generator, converter and grid system integration has already started at LORC test facility in Denmark.
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The V236-15.0 MW™ prototype nacelle was assembled at Vestas’ nacelle factory in Lindø, port of Odense. The completion of the nacelle in August 2022, was the culmination of the dedicated efforts of a wide range of Vestas teams. The serial production of V236-15.0 MW nacelles will take place at the existing assembly factory at Lindø and at a new assembly factory in Szczecin, Poland.
The 115.5m blades for the V236-15.0 MW™ prototype were produced at the Vestas factory in Nakskov, Denmark, using the mould which was built at the factory in Lem, Denmark. Since the factory in Nakskov opened in 1999, producing blades for the V66 turbine, the facilities have constantly expanded to accommodate the increasing length of modern blades. Serial production of the V236-15.0 MW™ blades will take place at the Nakskov facility from second half 2023 and at Vestas’ blades factory in Taranto, Italy from third quarter of 2023.