The Joint Venture RUSNANO and Vestas Starts Operation of Main Equipment for Manufacture of Wind Turbine Blades

04 December 2018

In Ulyanovsk, on the site of the Vestas plant, the main production equipment—moulds for the manufacture of wind turbine blades- has been put into operation. The launch event was attended by Sergey Morozov, Governor of the Ulyanovsk Region, Carsten Søndergaard, Ambassador of Denmark to the Russian Federation, Tommy Rahbek Nielsen, Senior Vice President of Vestas, and Alisher Kalanov, Head of the RES Investment Division of RUSNANO MC.

In the photo (left to right): Carsten Søndergaard, Ambassador of Denmark to the Russian Federation, Tommy Rahbek Nielsen, Senior Vice President of Vestas, Sergey Morozov, Governor of the Ulyanovsk Region, Alisher Kalanov, Head of the RES Investment Division of RUSNANO MC.

Vestas Manufacturing Rus is localizing the production of composite turbine blades in the Ulyanovsk Region for wind turbines, which have no equivalents in the Russian Federation. The rated capacity of power generation equipment is 3.6 MW, with the possibility of increasing this to 4.2 MW. The partners in the project are Vestas, RUSNANO, and a Consortium of investors from the Ulyanovsk Region (including ULNANOTECH, the Ulyanovsk Nano-Centre). The investment in the project exceeds 1 billion roubles, and it has created over 200 new high-tech jobs for the region’s residents. The annual output will amount to approximately 500 wind turbine blades by 2021.

The Vestas production site is located in the aviation cluster in Ulyanovsk. In accordance with the agreed project terms, the construction work is being carried out by the Ulyanovsk company DARS.

The unique production of wind turbine components is part of a special investment contract between Vestas Manufacturing Rus, the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade, and the Ulyanovsk Region. This special investment contract, concluded for a period of 8 years, was the first of its kind in Russia’s energy systems engineering sector.

The Danish company Vestas, the world leader in the production of wind turbines, together with RUSNANO, is successfully transferring wind power technologies and increasing its production capacity in Russia. The production of blades in Ulyanovsk will be one of the key stages of the programme for the localization of wind power equipment in Russia. In May 2018, Vestas launched the production of wind turbine nacelles in the Nizhny Novgorod Region. Vestas has been chosen as the supplier of wind power equipment for the Wind Energy Development Fund (established by RUSNANO and Fortum on a parity basis) which implements wind farm construction projects with a total capacity of over 1800 MW.

Alisher Kalanov, Head of the RES Investment Division of RUSNANO MC: “Commissioning of the main production equipment for the production of blades is an important stage of the project to localize this key element of wind turbines. In reality it represents the completion of the project investment phase. The enterprise is fully ready to launch the production of the first Russian wind turbine blades for wind turbines.”

Tommy Rahbek Nielsen, Senior Vice President of Vestas: “Increasingly, in Vestas we are finding that our global manufacturing programme is becoming more and more flexible and better adapted to local requirements. The new enterprise in Russia, in which Vestas, together with its partners, is manufacturing equipment, will become more flexible: this will enable it to adapt its production to the individual demands of the market and thus become more competitive.”

Sergei Morozov, Governor of the Ulyanovsk Region: “In Russia’s only factory manufacturing wind turbine blades, the Vestas factory at the Ulyanovsk Aviation cluster, technological equipment that is unique in Russia is now being put into operation. In effect, we have, almost from scratch, created a new sector in the economy, becoming pioneers and trailblazers in the Russian wind power industry, and have now successfully worked in area for nearly four years. While we have been doing this, a specialist Department of Wind Power has been set up at Ulyanovsk Technical University, and in a few years its graduates will come to work at the wind farms that are now under construction in the Ulyanovsk Region and elsewhere in Russia. Vestas itself is actively involved in training staff in its training centre at the nano-centre. By the end of the year Vestas will have created more than 200 high-tech jobs for residents of the region and graduates from middle and higher education institutions.”

Additional information


RUSNANO Joint-Stock Company was founded in March 2011 through reorganization of state corporation Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies. JSC RUSNANO contributes to implementation of the state policy on the development of the nanotechnology industry by investing directly and through investment funds of nanotechnology in financially effective high-technology projects providing the development of new production facilities in the Russian Federation. Its primary investment focus is in electronics, optoelectronics and telecommunications, healthcare and biotechnology, metallurgy and metalwork, energy, mechanical engineering and instrument making, construction and industrial materials, chemicals and petrochemicals. 100 percent of RUSNANO’s shares are state owned. Thanks to RUSNANO’s investments, there are currently 138 factories and R&D Centers opened in 37 regions in Russia.

Management of assets of RUSNANO JSC is carried out by Limited Liability Company established in December 2013, RUSNANO Management Company.

Work to establish nanotechnology infrastructure and carry out educational programs is fulfilled by RUSNANO’s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs, which was also established during the reorganization of the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies.

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The Danish company Vestas is a global partner in the field of sustainable energy solutions. Vestas designs, manufactures, installs and services wind turbines worldwide. The company has plants in Denmark, Germany, India, Italy, Romania, the UK, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Australia, China, and the United States. The company was founded in 1898. The total capacity of the company's turbines located in 79 countries amounts to 94 GW. The company employs 24,300 people and, together with its partners, provides the world with clean energy.

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The Ulyanovsk nanocenter ULNANOTECH was established in accordance with the program for the creation of nanotechnological centers of JSC RUSNANO. The total investment in the nanocenter will amount to 2.1 bln rubles. The official launch was in August 2013.

The nanocenter specializes in automotive components (composite metal materials, composite polymer materials based on glass and carbon fiber, glass coating, engineering, and prototyping), aviation and space (tooling for metal casting), composite non-ferrous metal castings, prototyping and small-scale production of metal products), and construction (composite materials based on non-metallic minerals, modified concretes, liquid building mixtures and paintwork materials, architectural coated glass, and structural building materials). Andrey Redkin is Director General.

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