Siemens Gamesa Launches 10MW Offshore Wind Turbine
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has launched the SG 10.0-193 DD, the company’s first 10+MW offshore wind turbine. The 10MW rating is made possible through a larger generator diameter, building on the proven SGRE Direct Drive generator technology.
By increasing the rotor diameter to 193m, this new wind turbine offers up to 30% more AEP than its predecessor, the SG 8.0-167 DD. Its 94m long blades provide a swept area of 29,300m². Each blade is almost the same length as one soccer field. The technology on the offshore direct drive platform allows for the re-use of most components from previous generations, providing a short time to market. 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. 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. The prototype is expected to be installed in 2019 with commercial market deployment expected in 2022.
“The new SG 10.0-193 DD combines experiences and knowledge from five generations of proven direct drive technology in one 10MW turbine. A showcase of strong performance, swift time-to-market, and low risk in the offshore wind energy market”, says Markus Tacke, CEO of SGRE. “Utilising proven components and concepts provides us with a strong, established value chain, with clear processes and skilled employees ready to go, leveraging on a fully-developed and industrialised supply chain”, says Andreas Nauen, CEO of the SGRE Offshore Business Unit. “The Levelised Cost of Energy from offshore wind continues to decrease as industry scale and performance grow. New markets are developing across the globe, all of which require cost-efficient, reliable, and clean power for generations. The SG 10.0-193 DD enables us to meet these needs in close cooperation with our customers, stakeholders, and society-at-large”, Mr Nauen adds.