New offshore wind turbines with a total capacity of 818 MW went online in Germany in 2016. The industry views this expansion as positive and expects that, combined with optimised turbine technology and operating concepts, this will also lead to cost reduction in the forthcoming tendering processes in Germany.
Offshore Wind Energy
DNV GL has assessed Siemens’ new 8 MW offshore wind turbine SWT-8.0-154 in development and awarded Siemens Wind Power with the Prototype Certificate. The prototype certification confirms all relevant safety features on the turbine according to the Danish Executive Order BEK 73:2013 and IEC 61400-22, allowing installation of the prototype to demonstrate its performance. By erecting the turbine at the test centre for wind turbines in Østerild, Denmark, Siemens is able to perform the measurement campaign for the next phase of the type certification process which is crucial to bring the turbine to the market.
A2SEA’s Sea Challenger installed the first out of the 67 Siemens 6 MW turbines on the 402 MW Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm for Statoil, Masdar and Statkraft. For the next months, the vessel will install the turbines being shipped from Green Port Hull in the UK. This is the first time, the Port of Hull will be used as load out port for an offshore wind project.
Siemens has entered the offshore wind market in Belgium with a first order of direct drive wind turbines for the 309 MW Rentel wind project.
Wind power has making inroads even into mountainous regions with irregular winds and air turbulence brought on by the rough terrain. Six partners from Wind-ForS, a wind energy research cluster in southern Germany, are now investigating how wind turbines can best be operated at these locations. The collective is planning to set up a field-test research site with two systems and four meteorological measurement towers in the Swabian Alps.
RenewableUK is celebrating as National Grid says onshore and offshore turbines have set a new record by generating more than 10,000 MW of electricity for the first time.
Great Britain’s Solar Trade Association has signed an agreement to lease part of RenewableUK’s offices. The move has practical benefits for both separate organisations and their different memberships. But it is also hoped that the creation of this “renewables hub” in London will foster a healthy exchange of ideas on the key strategic issues that are facing the energy sector as a whole, and the renewables industry in particular.