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Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) today launched the SG 10.0-193 DD, the company’s first 10+ MW offshore wind turbine. Based on the experience of its previous generations, the newest wind turbine in the SGRE offshore product portfolio builds on proven technology for maximum energy yield at all wind speeds. It offers the same reliability while improving profitability and reducing risk for customers.

“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,” says Markus Tacke, CEO of SGRE.

Proven technology

The 10 MW rating is made possible through a larger generator diameter, building on the proven SGRE Direct Drive generator technology.

By increasing the rotor diameter to 193 meters, this new wind turbine offers up to 30% more AEP than its predecessor, the SG 8.0-167 DD. Its 94-meter-long-blades provide a swept area of 29,300 m2. 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 prototype is expected to be installed in 2019 with commercial market deployment expected in 2022.

“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,” says Andreas Nauen, CEO of the SGRE Offshore Business Unit.

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.

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Ingeteam is participating in the first bottom-fixed foundation offshore wind turbine prototype to be installed in Spain and the first of its kind in southern Europe. At the request of Estyco, the project leader, the Ingeteam business unit specializing in energy plant operation and maintenance, through its High Voltage department, was responsible for the supervision and analysis of the electrical work on the wind turbine. Specifically, Ingeteam worked on the connection of the medium voltage submarine cable for the transmission to land of the energy to be generated by the wind turbine and also on the manufacture of an exclusive part to secure the power cable. The prototype was partly funded by the European Union 2020 Horizon program.

Headed by the company Esteyco, within the framework of the Elican project, the 5 MW offshore wind turbine, built in the Port of Arinaga, is now moored off the coast of Jinamar, together with the Ocean Platform of the Canary Islands (Plocan). The energy produced will be transmitted to the Jinámar power station. This is groundbreaking technology for offshore renewables, permitting cost savings and making it possible to take its construction almost anywhere.

This project is yet another step forward in the positioning of the company in the offshore sector, complementing the activity underway in another European project in which Ingeteam is taking part as an expert in electrical systems and as a supplier of a converter for a 10 MW+ offshore prototype, also funded by the European Union. Furthermore, Ingeteam has just introduced a new range of 5 to 15 MW offshore converters, in order to achieve the cost reduction milestones demanded by the offshore wind power sector.

Source: Ingeteam

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The new SG 8.0-167 DD offshore wind turbine variant for Asia-Pacific markets addresses local conditions across the region. Based on the proven Siemens Gamesa Offshore Direct Drive wind turbine platform, the variant is strongly suited for the growing Taiwanese offshore wind market. It ensures that the SG 8.0-167 DD is tailored to meet local codes and standards regarding typhoons, seismic activities, 60 Hertz operation, as well as operation in high and low ambient temperatures. The design will be ready in 2019, with installation possible by 2020 for Taiwan. The flexible solution can be also be adapted to individual market needs.

“Serving the growing Taiwanese offshore wind power market with our new product allows us to provide our customers with a cost-efficient, reliable, and powerful wind turbine which can withstand the challenging local conditions. The market-specific variant of the SG 8.0-167 DD demonstrates our commitment to moving the market forward on a technological front already from 2019,” states Andreas Nauen, CEO of the Offshore Business Unit of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE).

The SG 8.0-167 DD wind turbine has a rated capacity of 8.0 megawatts (MW), and a rotor with a 167 meter diameter. It has a swept area of 21,900 m2, and utilizes the SGRE B81 blades, each measuring 81.4 meters. By the time of its introduction, more than 1,000 SGRE Direct Drive offshore wind turbines will be installed globally.

Accommodates local codes and standards: typhoons, seismic activity, 60 Hz operation

The variant ensures a design that accommodates local codes and standards in Taiwan and other Asia-Pacific (APAC) markets such as Japan. These include IEC Typhoon Class (T-Class) type certification by 2020, where the product will be certified as able to handle elevated extreme wind speeds in typhoon conditions. Siemens Gamesa is working closely with local authorities and certifying body to ensure that all applicable standards are considered.

Electrical systems and components will be adapted to 60Hz operation; grid models will be updated to reflect this 60Hz operation and local grid codes. Furthermore, the ability to operate in both high and low ambient temperatures reduces thermal limitation, thus increasing annual energy production while preserving turbine lifetime.

“We see promising developments ahead for the offshore wind industry in APAC as a whole. With Taiwan as an important regional base and the introduction of the market-specific variant of the SG 8.0-167 DD, we’re able to meet customer needs in markets as they develop,” says Niels Steenberg, Executive General Manager of Siemens Gamesa Offshore for Asia-Pacific.

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Foto cortesía de Shanghai Electric Wind Power / Photo courtesy of Shanghai Electric Wind Power

LM Wind Power’s first two sets of LM 66.6 blades have been successfully installed on Shanghai Electric Wind Power’s 4.0 MW-136 wind turbine in China.

Shanghai Electric Wind Power’s 4 MW platform is designated for Windclass II areas in Shanghai and beyond. LM Wind Power provided onsite support and service to carry out the installation of the LM 66.6 blades at the Shanghai Lingang Phase I site.

The installation of the 66.6-m offshore blades on September 6, 2018 follows the signing of LM Wind Power’s first deal with the leading offshore wind turbine manufacturer, Shanghai Electric Wind Power. In the two-year agreement, LM Wind Power’s blade plant in Qinhuangdao will deliver the LM 66.6 blade sets during 2018 and 2019.

LM Wind Power has been present in China since 2001 and currently employs nearly 2,500 people in the country. The company operates three blade manufacturing facilities in Qinhuangdao, Jiangyin and Baodi.

Source: LM Wind Power

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Acting on behalf of Spanish civil engineering and consulting firm Esteyco, TÜV SÜD is supporting the design and development of an innovative foundation for offshore wind turbines in the ELISA and ELICAN projects funded by the European Union. A pilot wind turbine was installed off the eastern coast of Gran Canaria in June 2018. TÜV SÜD experts have accompanied the project from design examination to pilot-wind turbine installation.

Within the scope of the ELISA and ELICAN projects, an industrial consortium under the leadership of Esteyco is developing an innovative support structure for offshore wind turbines to be used in deep water. The combination of a telescopic tower and a concrete foundation which acts as a self-buoyant platform during transport cuts the installation costs of offshore wind turbines significantly.

The entire structure can be assembled from precast and in-situ concrete elements in the dry dock. During sea transport, the foundation acts as a floating body. The telescopic tower is retracted to ensure a low centre of gravity and thus improve the platform’s floating stability. During installation, the foundation is lowered and the telescopic tower extended. Transportation and installation do not require costly use of special installation vessels and cranes. The ELICAN prototype of the support structure is designed for a wind turbine with a capacity of 5 MW. The two projects, ELISA and ELICAN, are funded by the European Union within the Horizon 2020 programme.

Within the scope of the ELISA and ELICAN projects, TÜV SÜD’s experts examine the design of this innovative concept and provide inspection and monitoring services during prototype installation. Examination of the design and support structure and of static and dynamic analyses requires close collaboration between naval architects and experts in load analysis of wind turbine structures and concrete structures. Inspection of the condition of installation is particularly challenging.

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GE Renewable Energy announces today the installation of the first GE HaliadeTM 150-6MW offshore wind turbine at the 396MW Merkur Offshore Wind farm in Germany, located approximately 35 km north of the island of Borkum, in the North Sea. Installation vessel SeaFox 5 sailed from Merkur’s logistic hub in Eemshaven (Netherlands) carrying blades, towers, nacelles and other components needed to start the installation of the first set of wind turbines at sea.

Installation of the 66 GE HaliadeTM 150-6MW wind turbines is expected to finish around September 2018, while commissioning activities will continue until end of the year. In the meantime, remaining nacelles, blades and tower pieces will be shipped to Eemshaven logistic hub until mid-summer 2018, where local teams will perform pre-assembly works.

GE Renewable Energy was selected in June 2015 by Merkur Offshore Company to deliver 66 GE HaliadeTM 150-6 MW offshore wind turbines to what will become one of Germany’s largest offshore windfarms, capable to generate approximately 1,750 MWh annually, enough clean energy to power around 500,000 homes in the region. A 10-year Operation & Maintenance service is also included as part of the contract.

The offshore wind turbines have three main components – nacelles, towers, and blades- that are manufactured in different locations and shipped to Eemshaven, where they are prepared for installation at sea. Nacelles are produced in Saint-Nazaire (France), blades are made in Castellon (Spain) by LM Wind Power, and towers are manufactured in Germany and China.

About the Merkur Windfarm:

Maximum output: 396 MW
Turbines: 66 x Haliade™ 150-6MW
Expected completion: end of 2018
Location: North of Borkum Island (Germany)
Distance from coast: 35 km
Service contract: 10-year full scope service contract
Expected local homes powered: 500,000
Pre-assembly & Commissioning harbor: Eemshaven (Netherlands)
Ownership: Merkur Windfarm GmbH

Source: GE Renewable Energy

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GE Renewable Energy has unveiled its plan to develop the largest, most powerful offshore wind turbine: the Haliade-X. Featuring a 12 MW direct drive generator and an industry leading gross capacity factor of 63 percent, the Haliade-X will produce 45 percent more energy than any other offshore wind turbine available today. GE will invest more than $400 million over the next three to five years in development and deployment of the Haliade-X.

Towering 260 meters over the sea, more than five times the size of the iconic Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France, the Haliade-X 12 MW carries a 220-meter rotor. Designed and manufactured by LM Wind Power, the 107-meter-long blades will be the longest offshore blades to date and will be longer than the size of a soccer field. One Haliade-X 12 MW turbine will generate up to 67 GWh annually2, enough clean power for up to 5,000 households per turbine, and up to 300,000 U.S. households in a 750 MW windfarm configuration.

The ability to produce more power from a single wind turbine means a smaller number of wind turbines in the total farm, which translates to less capital expenditure for the balance of plant and reduced risk in project execution as the installation cycle time is reduced. It also simplifies operation and maintenance of the wind farm. All of this reduces the investment and operation cost for developers, makes offshore wind projects more profitable, and ultimately lowers cost of electricity for consumers.

GE’s Haliade-X platform is designed to offer greater efficiency in generating power from the wind that is available. With a 63 percent gross capacity factor, the Haliade-X 12 MW is five to seven points above the current industry benchmark. Therefore, it will produce more energy per MW installed, which will significantly increase returns for customers.

To design and build the Haliade-X platform, GE Renewable Energy is relying on an unprecedented collaboration across the GE portfolio, leveraging the knowledge of GE’s Onshore wind team, with 50,000 turbines in the field; the blade expertise of LM Power Wind; the GE Power and GE Aviation engineers for peer reviews of component and systems design; the Global Research Center for control systems and component validation; and GE Digital for supporting digital modelling, analytics and app development, the program is a GE-wide effort.

GE Renewable Energy aims to supply its first nacelle for demonstration in 2019 and ship the first units in 2021.

Source: GE

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On October 20, the first LM 73.5 P wind turbine blade successfully arrived at Castellón Port. It is the largest blade ever produced and transported through Spain. Destined for the Merkur offshore wind farm in Germany to power GE’s Haliade 150-6 MW offshore wind turbine, the 73.5 m blade began its journey at LM Wind Power’s factory in Castellón, and travelled 45 km by road to reach the port.

This new size record in Spain reflects the fast development of the wind industry to continuously introduce longer and more complex blades, designed to lower the Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) and serve the growing offshore market.

Castellón Plant Director, Jose Luis Grau said: “LM Wind Power’s Castellón plant was founded in 2007 starting with about 60 people and producing 37.3 m blades. Today, the factory employs more than 620 people and produces much larger blades, up to 73.5 m in length, for multiple customers. This is a strong example of how the wind industry in Spain continues to play a significant role as a source of economic development and job creation.

Laurent Verdier, GE’s Offshore Wind business Project Office Leader said, “The onshore assembly hub was opened some weeks ago in Eemshaven, The Netherlands, and is ready for receiving the wind turbine main components, including blades, and preparing the offshore installation works that is expected to start in February 2018.

In total, 198 LM 73.5 P blades will be shipped to the Merkur site. The first blade arrived ahead of schedule – with a 3.5-hour transport time – and the duration of the journey is expected to decrease as the drivers perfect their routine over the coming months.

Successfully transporting the longest blade ever produced in Spain required more than one year of planning and analysis of road conditions by LM Wind Power and GE, as well as active cooperation with the local police, Regional Government, the Minister of Fomento and the Castellón Port Authorities to prepare the route for this large cargo.

Factories, such as the one at Les Coves in Castellón, help make Spain the fourth largest exporter of wind turbines in the world, each year exporting cutting-edge technology valued at more than 3 million euros.

Merkur windfarm is located approximately 35 km north of the island of Borkum, Germany, in the North Sea, and consist of 66 turbines that will generate approximately 1,750 GWh annually, enough clean energy to power around 500,000 homes. When completed (end 2018), Merkur will be one of Germany’s largest offshore wind farms.

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Adwen has obtained the Type Certificate of its AD 5-132 offshore wind turbine awarded by the independent certification body DNV GL. This milestone marks the culmination of the turbine’s certification process and confirms the platform’s technology, which in turn bolsters the commercialization and industrialization processes.

The AD 5-132 has been designed and certified as Special Class, covering the most demanding offshore sites worldwide. This wind turbine is tailored for Subtropical Monsoon climates typical of Asian offshore markets and it is designed to resist typhoons as well as harsh environmental conditions such as high temperatures and humidity.

This offshore wind turbine is one of the most cost-efficient of its class, allowing a high degree of customization to adapt to customer needs. In addition, its modular design coupled with its high reliability minimizes operation and maintenance costs.

 

Source: Adwen

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Siemens has received its first order for the new 7 MW offshore wind turbine: the company is to supply, install and commission 47 direct drive wind turbines, each with a rotor diameter of 154 meters. The wind turbines will be deployed in the Walney Extension East project in the Irish Sea. The developer and owner of the offshore wind power plant is DONG Energy. This order is part of the frame agreement concluded between DONG Energy and Siemens in 2012. The capacity of Walney Extension East will be sufficient to supply more than 230,000 British homes with clean energy. Service for the plant will be provided jointly by Siemens and DONG Energy for a period of five years.

“This marks the first order for the innovative Siemens 7 megawatt wind turbine,” said Michael Hannibal, CEO Offshore for Siemens’ Wind Power and Renewables Division. “We introduced this upgraded version of our proven 6 MW model into the market only last March, and today we are proud to announce that DONG Energy has chosen our new flagship offshore turbine. Our 7 MW turbine will leverage the energy output of the Walney Extension East Offshore Wind Farm and contribute significantly to lowering the cost of offshore wind power.”

Walney Extension East will be erected off the British west coast in the Irish Sea, approximately 19 kilometers from shore. Installation of the turbines is expected to start at the beginning of 2018. The project is situated next to the Walney 1 and 2 offshore wind power plants, each equipped with 51 Siemens wind turbines with an output of 3.6 megawatts each.

Siemens has already installed more than 5.8 gigawatts of offshore wind power capacity worldwide, with two gigawatts commissioned in the last fiscal year alone The UK is one of the major offshore markets. Siemens employs approximately 2,000 people across various sites in the UK in the wind business, grid connections and wind service operations. The company is currently investing 160 million British pounds in setting up a rotor blade manufacturing facility in Hull. The new site is expected to generate not only approximately 1,000 direct local jobs for Siemens but also create jobs throughout the supply chain supporting the development of a clean energy1 industry in the UK.

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