Offshore turbine manufacturer Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has launched the company’s first 10+ MW offshore wind turbine - SG 10.0-193 DD.
SGRE has designed the newest wind turbine in its offshore product portfolio for maximum energy yield at all wind speeds, based on the experience of its previous generations. The new addition is expected to address the unchanged reliability while improving profitability and reducing risk.
SGRE claims that the 10MW mark is made possible through a larger generator diameter, designed by its Direct Drive generator technology.
The new wind turbine has an increased rotor diameter of 193 meters and offers up to 30% more annual energy production (AEP) than the SG 8.0-167 DD. The 94m long blades provide a swept area of 29,300m², while each blade is at the length of one soccer field.
SGRE CEO Markus Tacke said: “The new SG 10.0-193 DD combines experiences and knowledge from five generations of proven direct drive technology in one 10 MW turbine. A showcase of strong performance, swift time-to-market, and low risk in the offshore wind energy market.”
The prototype is expected to be installed in 2019 and the commercial market deployment is expected to start in 2022. The nacelles of this new offshore wind turbine are initially expected to be manufactured at the SGRE factory in Cuxhaven, Germany.
SGRE Offshore Business Unit CEO Andreas Nauen said: “Siemens Gamesa has been applying its knowledge and experience directly into offshore wind turbines for decades.
“Utilizing 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 industrialized supply chain.”
The company claims that the annual energy production of one SG 10.0-193 DD turbine is adequate to supply electricity for approximately 10,000 households in Europe. An offshore wind park composed of 20 of similar turbines is anticipated to cover the annual electricity consumption of a city the size of Liverpool.
Andreas Nauen added: “The Levelized 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 as market leaders to meet these needs in close cooperation with our customers, stakeholders, and society-at-large.”