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Siemens launches new wind turbine

Six megawatt direct drive turbine is lightest machine in class

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New six megawatt direct drive turbine is lightest machine in class.  (Getty Images)
New six megawatt direct drive turbine is lightest machine in class. (Getty Images)

Siemens Energy has launched its new six-megawatt (MW) direct drive wind turbine at the European Offshore Wind Energy Conference in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The new SWT-6.0 will be available with rotor diameters of 120 and 154 meters and is designed for the most challenging offshore sites. It features the Siemens direct drive design with 50 per cent fewer parts than comparable geared wind turbines. With a towerhead mass of roughly 350 tons, the SWT-6.0 is the lightest machine in its class. This unique combination of robustness and low weight significantly reduces infrastructure, installation and service costs, and boosts lifetime energy output and profitability.
"Our new six-megawatt offshore wind turbine incorporates the aggregate engineering know-how gained through the last three decades. We expect the SWT-6.0 turbine to become the new standard for offshore wind power projects around the globe. With its smart design and low weight, the SWT-6.0 will contribute significantly to the reduction of the cost of energy for offshore wind power”, said Henrik Stiesdal, Chief Technology Officer of the Siemens Wind Power Division.
 

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