Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE), the world’s leader in the offshore wind industry, launched the company’s first 10+ megawatt (MW) offshore wind turbine, the company announced in a statement Wednesday.
According to the statement, SGRE's newest wind turbine in its offshore product portfolio, SG 10.0-193 DD, builds on proven technology for maximum energy yield at all wind speeds.
The 10 MW rating is made possible through a larger generator diameter, building on the proven SGRE Direct Drive generator technology while offering the same reliability and improving profitability and reducing risk for customers.
"By increasing the rotor diameter to 193 meters, this new wind turbine offers up to 30 percent more AEP [Annual Energy Production] than its predecessor, the SG 8.0-167 DD. Its 94-meter-long-blades provides a swept area of 29,300 square meters. Each blade is almost the same length as one soccer field," the company explained.
According to the company, the Annual Energy Production of one SG 10.0-193 DD is sufficient to supply about 10,000 European households with electricity. This means that an offshore wind park composed of 20 of these turbines would cover the annual electricity consumption of a city the size of Liverpool.
According to the announcement, installation of the prototype is expected in 2019 with commercial market deployment planned for 2022.
The nacelles of this new offshore wind turbine will be initially manufactured at the SGRE factory in Cuxhaven, Germany, the world's largest plant for offshore wind turbine nacelles.
By Gulsen Cagatay