Vestas could upscale both its currently most powerful onshore and offshore turbine models further to reach a greater nameplate capacity, the Danish OEM’s chief financial officer Marika Fredriksson told Recharge.
The manufacturer will only develop any new product or concept if it sees a clear path to both lower levelised costs of energy (LCOE) and “something in the pocket for us,” the CFO had stressed in a conference call with investors on second quarter earnings.
Asked be Recharge in an interview little later, whether she sees greater chances for improvements in onshore or offshore – given the fact that Vestas has already presented a 5.6MW onshore model and a 10MW offshore machine - Fredriksson said: “I would say both.”
“In onshore, we see a good potential to further decrease the LCOE. We have a modular approach with EnVentus and still see a great potential to lower costs further,” she said.
“The same concept applies for offshore. In offshore, we have started at 8MW and have now arrived at 10MW, we can utilise the platform for more extensions.”
Vestas in January had unveiled its EnVentus modular platform, launching two 5.6MW models as its so far highest-capacity machines on land.
While most rival OEMs meanwhile also have presented turbines in the 5MW class, going much higher in onshore capacity could lead to growing headaches as far as road transport is concerned.
In offshore wind, MHI Vestas (Vestas’s 50/50 joint venture with Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries) last year had launched an upscaled 10MW version of its V164 machine.
However, US giant GE has already launched a 12MW offshore wind turbine model. And Siemens Gamesa – MHI’s main rival - is believed to brew over a much larger model that potentially could be in the 13-15MW sphere that is deemed necessary to cater for zero subsidy offshore wind projects.
MHI Vestas chief executive Philippe Kavafyan at the launch of the V164’s 10MW version had already said the OEM likely won’t stop at that size and will move forward with more “incremental innovation through all parts of the value chain.”