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Interview with @Vestas CTO Anders Vedel on #windturbine deicing system

Cold-climate projects comprise a staggering 25% of the world wind market, according to consultancy BTM in its latest World Market Update. These locations tend to have high wind resource, especially during winter. Conversely, ice on the turbine blades can affect power production by up to 20%. Yet, surprisingly, this is the first de-icing solution the company has designed. Vestas chief technology officer Anders Vedel said this new de-icing solution is in response to customer demand, a signal that developers are now being more creative in their search for new wind project sites. The Vestas de-icing system (VDS) consists of a heating unit in the hub to distribute hot air throughout the blades. The outer third of the blade and two thirds of the leading edge are fully de-iced. The company has received its first order for four V112 3.3MW turbines to go to a project in Austria. Th...

Full article: http://www.windpowermonthly.com/article/1217693/vestas-re...

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