Siemens installs latest 8 MW offshore wind turbine

A Danish wind technology centre is set to benefit from the latest Siemens technology as the company installed its 8MW SWT–8.0-154 offshore direct drive wind turbine.

The turbine was installed at the national test centre in Osterild, Denmark, and will provide an upgrade in power capability to the facility.
Newly installed Siemens wind turbine SWT-8.0-154
Siemens Wind Power’s turbine with a proven 154- meter rotor was certified by DNV GL in January, confirming all relevant safety features for test operation. The new offshore turbine was installed on a steel tower at a hub height of 120 meters. The prototype will be used for both mechanical and electrical testing.

With the full commissioning of the prototype, Siemens will enter the final development phase for the new turbine that allows for up to 10 per cent higher annual energy production (AEP) under offshore wind conditions than the 7-MW model.

The upgrade to 8 MW enables a rated power increase of more than 14 per cent from 7.0 to 8.0 MW. The 8 MW turbine will benefit from the established supply chain and proven offshore direct drive technology components. Since the higher rating will be achieved with only a few component upgrades including a new cooling concept and a new control system, customers will again benefit from key value drivers including fast time-to-market and low risk.

Michael Hannibal, CEO Offshore at Siemens Wind Power said it was an important milestone. “The evolution based on our platform strategy demonstrates that innovation to lower the cost of wind energy can work without compromising the proven reliability of a technically mature product.”

The latest model SWT-8.0-154 is expected to enter serial production in 2019.

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