The Tohkoja project order comprises 22 V117-3.3 MW turbines, equipped with the Vestas De-icing System. The order includes delivery, installation, and a 15-year Active Output Management (AOM) 5000 service agreement. Delivery of the turbines is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2016, with commissioning expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2016.
wpd is one of Europe’s leading wind power developers with more than 270 projects in Germany alone. The Tohkoja wind power plant will be the developer’s third wind project in Finland.
“We have already cooperated well with Vestas on many projects, and we look forward to a successful implementation of the Tohkoja wind farm as well”, says Lars Müller, Head of Turbine Procurement, at wpd.
Klaus Steen Mortensen, President Vestas Northern Europe notes, “This project features the Vestas De-icing System, which ensures efficient operation even when ice build-up conditions exist. After many years of close collaboration on wind energy projects in Germany, we are pleased to be working with wpd on what will become one of the largest wind parks in Finland”.
Vestas De-icing System (VDS)
Easily serviceable from within the hub and inside the blade, VDS does not require electrical components to be installed in the blade’s leading edge. While enhancing the system’s robustness, it also keeps the system at low risk from lightning damage. VDS is designed to de-ice the outer profile of the blade focusing on the tip end to ensure maximum efficiency of regaining power production after ice buildup occurs. VDS is fully integrated with Vestas’ control systems and can be tailored to the customer’s de-icing strategy.
The wpd AG develops and operates onshore and offshore wind farms, and is actively engaged in 17 countries around the world; the head office is in Bremen. The wpd AG has already realised wind energy projects with an output of 3,000 megawatt. Through its subsidiary company established in Espoo, wpd Finland Oy, wpd is working on the implementation of more than 750 MW and has additionally developed the 480 MW offshore project Suurhiekka. Stadtwerke München (SWM) hold a share of 33 percent of wpd europe GmbH. This joint venture covers the international onshore wind power activities of wpd in Europe (outside of Germany) and Canada.