Vestas: where’s the IP?

This data-file aggregates 2,000 patents filed by Vestas and compares them with 15,000 patents filed by its competitors. This allows us to conclude that Vestas likely has an edge in wind technology.

Vestas’s largest turbines are currently 10MW, smaller than the monster 12-15MW turbines making headlines from GE and Siemens. This is because Vestas’s focus is elsewhere, and not simply on the largest nameplate capacity.

Vestas’s patents focus on reliability, operability, digital monitoring, ease of installation, ease of maintenance and the longevity of turbines. It leads the industry by 20-100% on these categories. A steady stream of patents is also being filed to improve manufacturing methods.

Our insights, charts and data are contained in the data-file.

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