Vestas to install first wind blade de-icing system in Finland

The Vestas De-icing System minimizes ice build-up on the wind blade leading edge and increases service life in cold climates.

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Vestas Northern Europe (Malmö, Sweden) reported on Sept. 25 that it has received a 16.5-MW wind turbine order in Finland; it is the first commercial project to include Vestas De-icing System (VDS) in Finland

The order was placed by Rajakiiri Oy, a Finnish wind power company owned by energy and industrial enterprises EPV Energia Oy, Outokumpu Oyj, Oy Katternö Kraft Ab, and Rautaruukki Oyj. Vestas De-icing System (VDS) reportedly will improve the business case for the 16.5-MW wind energy project Puuska II, which is located in cold climate region around Tornio, Finland.

The wind turbine delivery is expected at the beginning of second quarter of 2015 with commissioning expected to be completed at the end of the second quarter of 2015. Reportedly 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 is said to keep the system at low risk from lightning damage.