Vestas intends to sneak big turbine into Germany

Through transforming the German wind sector's highest hurdle into an advantage, the wind turbine manufacturer has designed its new platform to glide rapidly and inaudibly into Europe's largest market.

Photo: Frank Boutrup Schmidt/Vestas

The wind energy industry is like any other competitive sport: Victory is achieved through size and speed. Wind turbine manufacturers seldom underplay this fact, nor does Vestas with the presentation of its new EnVentus platform, launched last week. Beyond the fact that it, with a capacity rating of 5.6 MW, is de facto the most powerful machine on the market, it will be put into serial production as soon as next year.

And Europe's largest market is no negligible factor in Vestas' considerations. For, even as Germany is stalled in headwinds, with last year's onshore wind expansion showing the slowest momentum seen in eight years, having only added around 2 GW capacity, the market is forecast to grow at least twice as large in the coming decade. Wind turbines will themselves be at the forefront of this development, when it comes down to size.

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