German manufacturer Nordex Group has expanded its Delta4000 wind turbine series with the addition of a new 5MW plus unit. The company noted that its new N163/5.X is suitable for farms with lower wind speeds.

According to Nordex, the new wind turbine features the same nacelle, gearbox and all system components of N149/5.X turbine, which was recently introduced by the company.

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Nordex Group CEO José Luis Blanco said: “At the heart of our product development strategy, is the continued expansion of the capabilities of our proven Delta4000 platform. We have now reached a further milestone with the introduction of the N163/5.X.”

Equipped with a 163-metre diameter rotor, the new N163/5.X wind turbine features a nearly 80-metre long single-piece rotor blade.

In a statement, Nordex said: “The rotor diameter has been increased by 14m to a total of 163m compared to that of the N149/5.X. This makes it one of the biggest rotors in the onshore segment. This larger rotor diameter results in a swept area of 20.867m2.”

The turbine maker expects to begin N163/5.X production from 2021, with plans to initially offer the units to wind farms with a hub height of 118 to 164 metres.

Customers will also have the option to select a cold climate version of the turbine, which has been designed for windfarms located in regions with temperatures as low as -30°C.

In addition, the new wind turbine is capable of operating in different modes in the 5MW range based on-site and/or customer requirements.

Nordex will present N163/5.X at the German Husum Wind Fair, which will be held from 10 to 13 September 2019.