German wind turbine-maker Nordex has unveiled a new 5MW turbine in the Delta4000 series that is designed for moderate and light-wind areas.


Image: Nordex to introduce new 5MW series turbine. Photo: Courtesy of Nordex SE.

Nordex said that the new N149/5.X series is the turbine type in the Delta4000 series after the N149/4.0-4.5 and the N133/4.8 turbines. The new turbine is also claimed to perform optimally at sites with complex requirements.

Apart from the classic core markets in Europe, the new turbine type is targeted for growth markets such as South Africa, Australia and South America.

The company stated that the new turbine has maximum flexibility and can be operated across different modes in the 5MW range depending upon site requirements and customer needs. This will enable customers to individually configure the wind farm in terms of output, capacity and lifetime of the turbine along with sound requirements.

The new turbine is supported by an efficient gearbox and the electrical system in the Delta4000 series has been scaled up to achieve the high output in the 5MW range. The electrical system includes a double-fed asynchronous generator, which has been in used for more than two decades. The partial converter in the turbine has also been retained.

Nordex Group CEO José Luis Blanco said: “Thanks to the proven technological basis of the Delta4000 product series we are in a position to continuously develop highly efficient solutions for different wind regimes and different geographical regions and to ensure short lead times for product launches. We have designed the N149/5.X with its maximum flexibility and efficiency to exactly meet the needs of our customers.”

The new turbine is expected to go into series production from 2021.

Few days ago, the company announced the start of production of turbines from the Delta4000 range in series. The first N149/4.0-4.5 turbines were produced at its Rostock factory in Germany, catering to orders exceeding more than 700MW.

Nordex claims to have installed over 25GW of wind energy capacity in over 40 markets and in 2018 the company earned revenues of around EUR2.5bn. Currently, the company has more than 5,500 employees and its joint manufacturing capacity includes factories in Germany, Spain, Brazil, the United States, India and in the near future Argentina and Mexico.