The development of Siemens’ offshore flagship wind turbine has reached its final stage with the 7MW offshore turbine successfully passing final type certification.
Field testing of the SWT-7.0-154 was recently extended with a second prototype. Grid performance, quality and safety are currently being tested on both machines Siemens said.
Two prototypes were installed in Østerild, Denmark, to run comprehensive product tests of the 7-MW offshore wind turbine.
Obtaining type certification marked the final milestone in the development process, allowing customers to make final investment decisions for offshore projects.
“The development of our SWT-7.0-154 has reached the final stage and we are well on track,” says Morten Rasmussen, Head of Technology at Siemens Wind Power and Renewables Division. “We are proud to see our customers welcoming the upgrade, and ultimately it is our customers who will benefit from these improvements. Serial production will be ramped up in autumn 2017.”
First orders are already in place for the new project including the Walney Extension East project in the UK to be installed in early 2018.
Siemens direct drive wind turbines feature a proven and reliable technology with a long term track record. Over 1,100 of the gearless Siemens wind turbines have been installed since 2010, and more than 60 of them are in operation offshore.