Vestas offers a range of fleet optimisation solutions to increase the production efficiency, enhance the protection and ensure full regulatory compliance of the turbines.
Fleet Optimisation by the numbers
As wind technology matures, turbines already in operation can be upgraded to yield more energy and thereby improve an existing wind park business case.
Improvements of the production efficiency of a wind power plant can be carried out through site-specific optimisation of operational parameters, implementation of intelligent software algorithms, and enhanced aerodynamics add-ons. All designed to make your turbine work smarter and harder.
Vestas PowerPlus® can boost your energy production by up to 5% annually at virtually no risk. Our DNV-GL-certified siting process ensures that design life is not impacted. Our DNV-GL-certified validation methods accurately measure power curve performance improvements from the upgrades.
PowerPlus® covers a range of upgrade possibilities that can be combined or installed independently, counting Aerodynamics Upgrades, Extended Cut Out, Power Performance Optimisation and Power Uprate.
Improved blade efficiency
Aerodynamic Upgrades improve the aerodynamic performance of the rotor blades, boosting annual energy production (AEP) by up to 2%. Aerodynamic Upgrades are available for a range of Vestas platforms, as well as an extensive list of multibrand turbines.
The technology consists of Vortex Generators, which aid lift creation around the blades. This translates into a better aerodynamic performance during the turbine’s partial load operation. The AEP improvement is therefore captured on the slope of the power curve, when the turbine operates below rated power.
To know more about how Aerodynamic Upgrades can improve your business case, check out our case study featuring ENGIE Deutschland and our whitepaper, which goes into depth with the technology.
Reap the benefits of high wind speeds
Vestas has developed Extended Cut Out, which allows turbines to operate beyond their original cut out speeds to capture the full potential of strong winds.
By increasing the cut out wind speed, Extended Cut Out can generally deliver an Annual Energy Production improvement of up to 3%, and even up to 5-7% at sites with very advantageous climatic conditions.
Read more about the results we have already delivered for other wind parks in our case study, or download our product sheet for a quick overview of the upgrade.
Smarter operation with intelligent algorithms
To help turbine owners uncover and realise the uncaptured energy, Vestas has developed a range of smart algorithms to help the turbine make better decisions. Improved measurements of wind speed, wind direction, and optimal yaw alignment enable theturbine to act smarter and thereby become more effective.
Moreover, our algorithmic features allow for smarter use of power boosts as well as allowing the turbine to exploit low air-density climatic conditions to operate in high winds.
Increase nominal power for a higher yield
Power Uprate is designed to increase the nominal power of your turbine, allowing you to use its full capacity. An increased annual energy production of up to 4% can be achieved, proving an opportunity to significantly improve the performance of your fleet.
A site-specific analysis, using proprietary tools and certified processes, is always conducted to assess how the rated power of your turbine can be increased to maximise output, without affecting the original design.
Vestas Rotor Upgrade is an after-sale solution that consists in supplying and installing larger rotor and blades on operating wind turbines. The larger rotor size leads to an expanded swept area, which improves wind capture, thus enabling significantly higher energy production.
Depending on wind turbine model, applicable Rotor Upgrade and site-specific conditions, Vestas Rotor Upgrade can boost the annual energy production of a functioning asset by up to 15%.
LifePlus™ represents Vestas’ lifetime devotion to our customers. Currently, LifePlus™ includes tailor-made lifetime extension programs, fully customizable to fit your business case.
Our lifetime extension programs can be combined with other Vestas service offerings, such as AOM® contracts and PowerPlus® upgrades.
LifePlus™ is the result of our engineering expertise and experience in the wind turbine industry, combined with our passion for continuously optimizing your business case.
A service partnership with Vestas means that you always have options to increase the return on your investment. If your strategy includes operating the turbines beyond design-life, LifePlus™ gives you access to 35 years of experience in optimizing turbine performance and effectiveness.
With Vestas, you have a dedicated service partner for life.
Improve the availability of your wind turbines and increase the annual energy production. TurbinePlus™ offers upgrades to improve turbine efficiency, enhance the protection of the turbines and to ensure full regulatory compliance.
TurbinePlus™ products are divided into 3 categories, each of which can help wind asset owners bring their turbines up to date, either in terms of protection, compliance, or operational efficiency. These products are a result of Vestas' continuous development of solutions that make wind turbines better equipped to produce energy in an ever changing climatic and regulatory environment.
TurbinePlus™ - Efficiency
With our efficiency upgrades you can improve the availability of your turbines. The various upgrades ensure smooth and optimal operations under all conditions.
TurbinePlus™ - Protection
With our protection upgrades you can reduce the risk of damage to your turbines from external influences. The different upgrades help to prevent expensive repairs and downtime, while ensuring turbine operations.
TurbinePlus™ - Compliance
With our compliance upgrades you can ensure even better compliance with site-specific regulations, in most cases improving the availability of your turbine for production. In other cases it will minimize the environmental impact of your turbine.