“With the purchase of the V90-2.0 MW turbine and the previous order for the V60-850 kW turbine, China Datang will own all the turbines in Vestas’ current product line in China, which is an important recognition of Vestas’ versatile product offering,” says Jens Tommerup, President of Vestas China. “No sites are similar and Vestas offers the products, experience and specialized knowledge to meet the challenges of delivering wind energy solutions to many different kinds of geographical and meteorological conditions.”
The 2.0 MW platform – which has sold more than 4,000 units worldwide – delivers a very low cost of energy, particularly for sites with low wind speeds.
“More than 70 per cent of China’s wind regime is low to medium winds,” adds Tommerup. “Datang’s choice of this wind turbine reflects their commitment to applying the right solution to the right wind and site conditions. Vestas has partnered with Datang over a long period and Datang is truly a partner that is focused on taking a scientific approach to developing wind power in China.”
Datang is one of the largest wind energy developers in China and has since 2005 been one of Vestas’ most important and valued partners in China.
China has a cumulative installed capacity of approximately 15.5 GW as of June 2009. China is expected to be the world’s fastest-growing wind energy market in 2009.
Every single day, Vestas wind turbines deliver clean energy that supports the global fight against climate change. Wind power from Vestas turbines currently reduces carbon emissions by more than 40 million tons of CO2 every year, while at the same time building energy security and independence.
Vestas is the world leader in wind technology, with a history of technological innovation and over 30 years of experience in developing, manufacturing, installing and maintaining the world’s best-performing wind turbines. Vestas was a pioneer in the wind industry and started to manufacture wind turbines in 1979. In 1987, the company began to concentrate exclusively on wind energy.
Vestas was the first wind turbine company to enter the Chinese market when it installed the first turbines in Shandong and Hainan in 1986. Vestas has installed wind turbines in thirteen provinces in China and is among the biggest accumulated suppliers of wind turbines in China.
Vestas has five factories in Tianjin, a sales office in Beijing, a new factory in Hohhot, a procurement office in Shanghai, and is currently constructing additional facilities in Xuzhou. By the end of 2009, Vestas will have invested more than three billion RMB in China and will have 3,000 employees providing wind energy solutions to Vestas’ customers and partners in China. This is a concrete sign of our confidence in the Chinese wind energy sector.
Vestas is working hard to build up a strong value chain in China that can fully support the construction of wind turbines from its factories in China. Every year, Vestas improves its Chinese sourcing capabilities; the aim is to have 100 per cent Chinese-made content. Vestas is known for its industry-leading product quality; all of its suppliers in China are part of a partnership designed to increase product quality and performance and enable suppliers to become globally-competitive. In 2008, one of Vestas’ Chinese suppliers was awarded the Vestas Global Suppliers’ Award for its performance and high product quality.
As the global leader in wind energy, Vestas is committed to helping develop China’s wind energy sector. Vestas is eager to share our 30 years of industry experience and expertise with China.