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Project Planning

Vestas | Product Planning

When you are planning a wind power plant, you need to consider a broad range of factors over the entire lifecycle of the project. These range from financing and siting, to grid requirements and the regulatory framework.

Having installed more than 58,000 wind turbines throughout the world, we have remarkable expertise in these areas. We work closely with our customers during the planning phase to capitalise on this knowledge and build successful projects.

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    SiteHunt®

    Vestas | SiteHunt

    To estimate the energy production of a wind power plant, it is essential to have exceptional knowledge of the wind resource. With our extensive experience, we are able to optimise the layout of even the most complex sites using our SiteHunt® tool.

    SiteHunt® is an advanced analytical tool that examines a broad spectrum of wind and weather data to evaluate potential sites and establish which of them can provide the optimum conditions for your project.

    Vestas’ SiteHunt® puts at your disposal a proven and well-documented method of assessing the financial feasibility of a future wind power plant, lowering the cost of energy and maximising the return on your investment.

    View the SiteHunt® brochure

    Watch the power plant solutions video

    Watch the SiteHunt® and SiteDesign® video

    SiteDesign®

    Vestas | SiteDesign

    SiteDesign® optimises the layout of your wind power plant through a sophisticated analysis of lifetime energy costs for each turbine. This is achieved by striking the most effective balance between a layout that maximises expected revenue, and one that reduces estimated operating and maintenance costs based upon Vestas’ deep knowledge into turbine components and operating data from global wind power plants. Put simply, SiteDesign® finds the balance between the estimated ratio of annual revenue to operating costs.

    Vestas’ SiteDesign® enables you to assess the production and operating costs of a complex wind energy site over the long term, and configure the optimal location and operational strategy of individual turbines accordingly.

    SiteDesign® is a crucial step in determining a project’s true potential, and provides a much firmer basis for investment decisions.

    View the SiteDesign® brochure

    Watch the power plant solutions video

    Watch the SiteHunt® and SiteDesign® video

    Electrical PreDesign

    Vestas | Electrical PreDesign

    The complexity and specific requirements of grid connections vary considerably across the globe, making the optimal design of electrical components for your wind power plant essential.

    By identifying grid codes early in the project phase and simulating extreme operating conditions, Electrical PreDesign provides you with an ideal way to build a grid compliant, productive and highly profitable wind power plant. It allows customised collector network cabling, substation protection and reactive power compensation, which boost the cost efficiency of your business.

    View the Electrical PreDesign brochure

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    Watch the Electrical PreDesign video 

    Turbine Options

    Vestas | Turbine Options

    An option is an extra feature that can be added to the turbine to suit a project’s specific needs. By adding options to the standard turbine, we can enhance the performance of the wind power project – and the business case certainty of the investment. Here are some of our options, although their availability will differ from country to country and from turbine to turbine.

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      Fire Suppression System

      Vestas | Fire Suppression System

       

      The Vestas turbines can be equipped with a system of smoke sensors as a first line of defense against the development of a fire. If one of the sensors is activated, the turbine will shut down. As a second line of defense, a temperature-activated Fire Suppression System can be optionally installed to automatically extinguish a fire.

      The Fire Suppression System’s layout targets the main risk areas and is optimised to fit the respective turbine types.

      The Fire Suppression System operates independently from the turbine and does not require a source of power.

      The Fire Suppression System is available for all variants of the 3 MW platform.

      View the Fire Suppression System brochure

      Obstacle Collision Avoidance System (OCAS®)

      Vestas | Obstacle Collision Avoidance System

      Intelligent use of aviation lights

      Wind farm owners worldwide are required to conform to national regulations and recommendations for marking the wind turbines as air traffic obstacles.

      Legal requirements are region specific, but most solutions provide unnecessary, continuous lighting.

      OCAS® is an innovative radar-based system that activates lights when an aircraft is operating in the immediate vicinity of the wind farm. This system addresses community concerns about light pollution and aviation concerns about safety by using highly-innovative and proprietary radar technology to detect approaching aircraft and immediately turns on the turbine aviation lights as a visual warning. This minimises the visual impact and opens up new commercial opportunities for sites with regulatory lighting restrictions – with potentially taller, higher-yielding turbine heights.

      OCAS® is compatible with all Vestas turbine models and is suitable for almost any site onshore.

      View the OCAS® brochure

      Watch the OCAS® video

      Shadow Detection System

      Vestas | Shadow Detection System

      Shadow flicker is the effect caused by the sun shining through the rotating blades of a turbine. Shadow flicker is one of the drawbacks of locating a wind farm near houses. In fact, shadow flicker can sometimes dictate whether planning permission is granted or not.

      You can avoid shadow flicker by equipping your turbines with the Vestas Shadow Detection System. The system is integrated with the control system of the turbine. If the unit registers shadow flicker beyond a certain threshold, it pauses the blades to avoid the strobing effect on nearby properties.

      Shadow controllers are uniquely configured for each turbine. They are programmed with the locations of neighbouring properties, as well as timetables indicating when shadow flicker must be avoided.

      The Vestas Shadow Detection System is compatible with all Vestas turbine models.

      View the Vestas Shadow Detection System brochure

      Increased Cut-In Wind Speed

      Vestas | Increased Cut-In Wind Speed

      Increased Cut-In Wind Speed is a system intended to prevent bat and bird blade strikes. The system controls the turbine operational cut-in wind speed based on predefined parameters around the turbine, which includes bat and bird migration patterns.

      Increased Cut-In Wind Speed is compatible with all Vestas turbine models.

      View the Increased Cut-In Wind Speed brochure

      Load and Power Modes

      Vestas | Load and Power Modes

       

      Wind sites are classified according to certain climactic characteristics (e.g. IEC IA, IEC IIA and IEC IIIA) but in the real world few sites fit these definitions perfectly. To extract the maximum potential wind power from a site, turbines must be configured for uneven wind conditions, turbulence levels, varied topography and air density.

      Vestas Load and Power Modes is an advanced wind sector management system. It adjusts turbine operation to extract the maximum potential energy from a given site according to the conditions forecasted during the siting process.

      Vestas Load and Power Modes is designed to increase the flexibility of individual turbines, exploit optimum power curves of each turbine within your site, maximise energy production and protect your return on investment (ROI).

      Load Modes is available for the following variants:
      V90-1.8/2.0 MW®, V90-3.0 MW®, V100-1.8/2.0 MW™ and V110-2.0 MW™.

      Power Modes is available for the following variants:
      V90-1.8/2.0 MW® and V100-1.8/2.0 MW™.

      View the Vestas Load and Power Modes brochure

      Watch the Load and Power Modes video

      Condition Monitoring System

      Vestas | Condition Monitoring System

      This condition monitoring system analyses how your wind turbine is performing via a series of sensors. You’ll know early on if something isn’t performing as expected, and you can service and maintain the wind turbine before a problem becomes crucial and causes prolonged down time. That way you’ll reduce unscheduled maintenance, improve availability, reduce repair costs, plan repair logistics more efficiently, and add value over the long-term.

      The Condition Monitoring System is is compatible with all Vestas turbine models.

      View the Condition Monitoring System brochure

      Vestas Cold Climate Solutions

      Vestas | Vestas De-icing System

      Keep your wind turbines operating smoothly in challenging weather conditions with Vestas Cold Climate Solutions. Building on years of engineering expertise, our Vestas Low Temperature Option, Vestas Ice Detection™ and Vestas De-Icing™ systems ensure consistent and compliant output during icing and in cold climates.

      View the Vestas Cold Climate Solutions brochure

      Aviation Markings

      Vestas | Aviation Markings

      Aviation markings on the blades

      We offer contrasting colour stripes on blades, which are colour-coded by country, in order to make our turbines more visible for aircraft.

      Aviation lights

      Vestas offers a variety of aviation light solutions and related products to meet both international and national requirements for aviation marking of wind turbines.

      The aviation lights on both the nacelle and tower are visible 360° around the turbine. By adding visibility sensors, light intensity can be reduced in clear weather conditions. In case further reduction is needed the OCAS™ radar based solution only activates the lights when an aircraft is operating in the immediate vicinity of the wind farm. This reduces the visual impact to a minimum.

      The aviation lights are available in different configuration with variable colours (red or white), flash rates and intensities. As a standard, two lights are located on the top of the nacelle and, when required, four lights around the same radius on the tower to ensure 360° visibility.

      View the Aviation lights brochure

      Copper Caps

      Vestas | Copper Caps

      The powerful energy discharge during lightning strikes can cause severe damage to blades, and in worst cases lead to structural destruction. Such damage results in expensive repairs or replacement and lost energy production while damaged blades are being repaired.

      Vestas' improved lightning protection will significantly reduce this risk of damage due to lightning strikes. The improvement consists of a copper cap for each blade tip. The copper cap is made of a thin plate, which makes the entire tip surface conductive and at the same time shields the tip to control the electrical field enhancement.

      Benefits

      • Eliminated or significantly reduced costs for blade replacement or maintenance
      • Reduced turbine downtime caused by damaged blades and replacement or repair
      • Reduced insurance costs

      Yaw Power Backup

      Vestas | Yaw Power Back Up

      The Yaw Power Backup system is a combination of sensors and software to control the turbine above standard cut-out speeds. It ensures that the nacelle and blade assembly can continue to yaw accurately in winds of up to 70 m/s.

      The functionality consists of a special operational mode to ensure continuous yawing for turbines in areas where the risk of extreme wind events exists.  Connection of an external power back up system to power the yaw system during grid outage is optional.

      View the Yaw Power Backup brochure

      Large Diameter Steel Tower (LDST)

       

      Reaching higher in low wind

      Vestas’ proprietary Large Diameter Steel Tower (LDST) technology combines proven steel construction with an innovative design to deliver strength and height. Easy transportation and quick installation contribute to excellent cost of energy.

      LDST is a simple, yet highly efficient way to harvest wind resources at low-wind sites. Higher hub heights increase the force exerted by the wind on the Tower structure, which typically would require usage of thicker steel plates. Instead, LDST technology adds strength by increasing the diameter of the bottom sections without adding extra steel, reducing production costs, and ensuring at least 99 percent recyclability. Reaching higher with the LDST technology can result in up to 20 percent* higher Annual Energy Production (AEP).

      View the Vestas' LDST brochure

      High Wind Operation 

      High Wind Operation (HWO)

      Vestas’ High Wind Operation (HWO) is an intelligent control feature that allows the turbine to continue operating beyond standard cut-out wind speeds. HWO gradually reduces energy production following a derating profile to enable extended wind turbine operation. The result is improved output stability, energy production, and reliability.

      HWO can be applied to all Vestas turbine models operating with the VMP Global™ software platform.

      View the Vestas HWO Brochure 

      Construction & Installation

      Vestas | Construction & Installation

      During the construction phase, the wind power plant is built and connected to the grid. There is a huge number of tasks to be carried out by both the developer and Vestas to ensure this happens efficiently and effectively.

      Precisely who does what will differ from project to project depending on the risk profile. Working closely with the client, we can provide everything from an inclusive package, where we supply, install and calibrate the plant, to simply supplying the turbines.

      By choosing Vestas as your partner, you benefit from our vast knowledge and experience of different wind environments all over the world, together with our unrivalled project management skills, from design integration of every piece of the wind power plant, to high quality manufacturing and transport and construction expertise.

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        EPC - Engineering Procurement Construction

        Vestas Engineering Procurement Construction (EPC) leverages extensive project management experience and deep product knowledge to deliver customised solutions for each unique wind power project. Depending on project needs, Vestas EPC can be structured as a comprehensive turnkey solution or selected Balance of Plant support.

        Extensive project management experience combined with product expertise has resulted in more than 100 successfully executed EPC projects totalling more than 4 GW capacity around the world.

        View the Vestas EPC brochure

        Scope of Supply 

        Vestas | Scope of Supply

        Effectively managing your project’s scope of supply is an important factor in minimising the risk. We have designed a number of flexible solutions for optimising scope of supply to meet every customer requirement.

        We generally offer the following scopes of supply:

        Supply and supervision: As well as supplying the turbines, we supervise their installation and commissioning on site.

        Supply and commission: We provide manpower to help get the turbines up and running. We may also provide transport if you need it.

        Supply and installation: In addition to the above, we procure and supervise the cranes for installing your wind turbines, provide the manpower to install and commission the turbines, and, if required, we can also transport them from the factory to the site.

        Plant Optimisation

        Vestas | Plant Optimisation

        To gain the most out of your investment in wind, it is important to continuously optimise your wind power plant throughout its lifetime. With Vestas' substantial knowledge of optimising wind power plants we can support you with innovative software and solutions which can help increase the production and profitability of your wind power plant.

        "We take pride in improving the reliability and performance of the turbines operating around the globe. As our dedicated service organisation is always close at hand, you can quickly reap the benefits of the upgrades."

        Anders Vedel, CTO, Vestas

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          Maintenance Optimisation

          Vestas | Maintenance Optimisation

          Power plant owners who are taking on maintenance tasks themselves can benefit from Vestas' substantial knowledge of maintenance optimisation. A range of solutions created by Vestas are available for power plant operators who are interested in improving their maintenance operations and reducing costs.

          To learn more about our portfolio within product optimisation please contact your local Vestas representative.

          Safety & Environment

          Vestas | Safety & Envrionment

          Working with wind turbines is not without risks. Heavy components in production, dizzying heights and unpredictable weather conditions during construction and service, all add up to a challenging work environment. But we refuse to accept that accidents are inevitable. Safety is paramount at Vestas, starting at the top with senior management. Individual employees also shoulder responsibility for their own well-being and the well-being of others. At a minimum we operate to the safety standards of OHSAS 18001 certification.

          In terms of environment, Vestas has set two ambitious targets for 2015 – to enable the highest possible MWh output per turbine weight and to use materials which have the lowest embedded greenhouse gas emissions, ensuring that our turbines are constructed from the most easily-accessible and renewable resources.

          To learn more about our portfolio within product optimisation please contact your local Vestas representative.

          Vestas PowerPlus™

          Vestas | Product Optimisation

          Vestas PowerPlus™ is a range of upgrades dedicated to improving the performance of existing wind power plants. By optimising turbine control parameters and aerodynamic performance the power production of your wind turbines can be enhanced by up to 5%*. Vestas PowerPlus™ consists of three product offerings:

          Power Uprate increases the nominal power output by optimising turbine control parameters

          Extended Cut Out captures the full potential of high wind by extending cut out and re-cut in wind speeds

          Aerodynamic Upgrades are specifically designed for Vestas blades to improve aerodynamic performance

          View the Vestas PowerPlus™ Brochure

          * Annual Energy Production increase depends on turbine type and site conditions.