Vestas entered China back in 1986 and was recognized by the Chinese customers to have some of the most advanced and reliable wind power equipment in the world. With a total of four V15-55 kW turbines installed in China, three in Shandong Province and one on Hainan Island, Vestas spearheaded the development of the modern wind energy industry in the country which is the largest market in the world today, 25 years later. As of 30 June 2011, Vestas has delivered at total of 2,747 turbines to China.
Hainan is located in the geographical belt along China’s south eastern coastline which is characterized by low average wind speed with occasional extreme winds. This means that a solution that can harvest the most energy out of the low wind and at the same time withstand the strong forces of the high wind was needed to ensure a reliable performance for the customer.
Jens Tommerup, President of Vestas China says, “We are proud to have made Hainan one of the pioneering provinces of China’s wind power industry in 1986. Today, 25 years later, after having proved the designed life cycle of our first Vestas turbines in China, we are once again continuing our endeavors here in Hainan Province. We are very pleased that our products and solution have earned the recognition of our customers, which is the best encouragement for Vestas’ continuous commitment in China.”
The contract includes supply, installation supervision and commissioning of the wind turbines, a VestasOnline® Business SCADA solution and a two-year service and maintenance agreement. The delivery is scheduled to take place by the end of December 2011.
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 intelligent, high performing and high quality wind power plant solutions. Vestas was a pioneer in the wind industry and started to manufacture wind turbines in 1979.
Vestas installed China’s first wind turbines in Shandong in 1986, and as of 30 June 2011, Vestas has installed more than 3,100 MW of clean energy across 13 provinces in China. This makes Vestas one of the biggest accumulated suppliers of wind power plants in China.
Over the past few years, Vestas has established a firmly rooted presence in China with more than RMB 3.5 billion worth of investments and more than 3,100 employees, committed to delivering high quality wind energy solutions for a sustainable energy future.
Vestas has its largest integrated manufacturing complex globally situated in Tianjin, its China headquarters in Beijing, a factory in Hohhot, a global procurement office in Shanghai and a state-of-the-art foundry in Xuzhou.
In October 2010, Vestas opened its China Technology R&D Centre in Beijing, which is an important part of Vestas’ global innovation network and represents Vestas’ intention to bring the best of its knowledge to China. Furthermore, the R&D Centre is significantly increasing Vestas’ responsiveness to market demands and development trends in terms of new technology.
As the global leader in wind energy, Vestas is committed to help develop China’s wind energy sector into a world-class modern renewable energy sector. Vestas is actively sharing its 30 years of industry experience and expertise with partners and stakeholders in the Chinese wind energy industry.