Siemens Canada has secured a contract from Algonquin Power & Utilities to provide turbines and services for the 23MW Morse project in Saskatchewan.

Under the contract, Siemens will supply, deliver and commission ten direct drive SWT-2.3-113 wind turbines for the project.

Construction of the wind project is expected to start in summer 2014, while the commercial operation is estimated by 2015.

The contract also includes a ten-year service and maintenance agreement.

Located in the south of the province 60km from Swift Current, the wind project will boost Saskatchewan’s wind capacity by more than 10%, Siemens said.

The project will provide green energy to more than 8,000 Saskatchewan households.

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The direct drive wind turbines from Siemens feature only half of the parts needed for a conventional geared wind turbine and a less number of moving parts.

The efficiency increases due to minimum losses in drive train and generator, according to Siemens.

The company said that its SWT-2.3-113 technology benefits from the experiences of 250 gearless Siemens wind turbines in operation.

"The direct drive wind turbines from Siemens feature only half of the parts needed for a conventional geared wind turbine."

Siemens Canada vice-president wind power Jacob Andersen said, "We are proud to help bring renewable, clean and reliable energy into the homes and businesses of Saskatchewan residents.

"We look forward to investing in the Province’s renewable energy future."

Presently, Canada is the ninth major wind energy producer in the world, with an installed capacity of more than 7,800 MW, according to the Canadian Wind Energy Association.

In February 2014, Siemens Canada established the Advanced Energy Centre at MaRS Discovery District in Toronto, a partnership between the public and private sectors.

Image: Siemens to provide wind turbines for 23MW Morse project in Saskatchewan. Photo: courtesy of Siemens.