Senvion has installed the first of its 3.6M140 Eco Blade Control (EBC) turbine prototypes at the Windtestfeld Nord windfarm near Husum, Germany.
The Senvion 3.6M140 EBC is an onshore turbine designed for moderate and strong wind speeds.
It features new load-reducing pitch control system EBC technology, a newly designed steel tower, and a 140m diameter rotor. It is also capable of generating high output at lower wind speeds.
Featuring a hub height of 110m, the turbine can power up to 3,400 households annually and has a lifetime of 25 years.
Senvion CEO Jürgen Geissinger said: “Senvion is committed to reducing the levelised cost of energy.
“With this new turbine, we have combined core product developments to create a machine that is targeted towards optimal energy efficiency. The combination of the 140m rotor diameter and the upgrade to 3.6MW allows additional output at the same site.
“Even with the larger 68.5m rotor blades, the 3.6M140 EBC can be installed in the same amount of time as a smaller turbine, ensuring an effective solution for our customers.”
The Windtestfeld Nord windfarm is owned by 4testwind, a co-development of iTerra and Betriebs und Beteiligungsgesellschaft Senvion.
iTerra Wind managing director Dr Peter Brodersen said: “Throughout this very demanding project, we have always been able to remain on track and keep focused together with our manufacturing partner, Senvion.
“Even the change to a newer type of plant was possible and despite all the adversities we were able to commission the prototype in time before the HUSUM Wind 2017.”
Senvion has already begun serial production of the 3.6M140 EBC turbine and plans to carry out further installations throughout the rest of the year.