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October 14, 2013

Siemens installs new 6MW gearless wind turbine at SSE’s test site in the UK

Siemens has installed a market-ready version of its new 6MW gearless wind turbine at SSE’s test site in Hunterston, Scotland.

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Siemens has installed a market-ready version of its new 6MW gearless wind turbine at SSE’s test site in Hunterston, Scotland.

The two companies will carry out the final testing of the SWT-6.0-154 turbine with 154m rotor diameter, which uses direct drive technology, before it goes into production for UK and international markets.

Siemens reported that the test site provides conditions similar to those experienced by offshore wind power plants in the Irish Sea.

Earlier this year, the company installed two 6MW turbines at the Gunfleet Sands offshore wind, which is operated by Dong Energy, to carry out the first offshore testing of their direct-drive turbine.

With the final tests Siemens is preparing for the Round 3, the next round of the expansion of British offshore wind power.

Siemens Wind Power CEO EMEA business unit Jan Kjaersgaard said the company is proud to be installing the serial version of its 6-MW wind turbine in Hunterston.

"The United Kingdom is backing our technology in a particular way. That’s why we are seeking to collaborate with the country’s power supplier’s right from the product development stage through to commissioning. We are focused on making a visible contribution to the UK’s economy," Kjaersgaard said.

In addition to cooperating closely with its customers in the UK, Siemens has also expanded its own presence in Scotland.

Siemens will launch a new hub in October 2013 to support its onshore wind business across the UK.


Image: Technology for Round 3, the next round of the expansion of British offshore wind power: Siemens SWT-6.0-154 in Hunterston. Photo: courtesy of Siemens.

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