Vestas working on multi-rotor concept demonstration turbine

The Danish turbine manufacturing company is working with the Technical University of Denmark to install the four-rotor demonstrator turbine at the Risø test site near Roskilde, Denmark.

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Vestas (Aarhus, Denmark) and the Technical University of Denmark are working together to install a concept demonstrator to test the technical feasibility to operate and control a multi-rotor turbine. The multi-rotor concept demonstrator uses four refurbished V29-225kW nacelles mounted on a support structure and has a tip height of 74-metres.

With this concept demonstrator, Vestas looks to challenge the core scaling rules that turbines have to grow in size to increase their energy output as well as transport and installation challenges in some markets. Many new load and control features will need to be developed, tested and proven to assess the technical and commercial feasibility of the concept. 

“Installing a concept turbine shows that innovation sometimes entails entirely new thinking and new approaches. This process of continuous innovation and exploration is extremely important. It provides us with essential knowledge that can help us bring down our products’ cost of energy and integrate key technologies to solve our customers’ challenges. Ultimately, the goal is to assess if we can build an even more cost-efficient turbine by challenging the scaling rules,” said Jorge Magalhaes, senior vice president, Vestas Innovation & Concepts.

With the Technical University of Denmark as a research partner, the multi-rotor concept demonstrator is being erected at the Risø test site near Roskilde, Denmark, where it will be studied closely in the coming years in order to test specific functionalities.

Here is a video about the multi-rotor turbine: