Siemens' 6MW put to the test

In the shallows of the northern Thames Estuary, off the coast of southeast England, two of the mightiest wind turbines yet devised by the industry are being prepared for switch-on.

The machines — a pair of Siemens’ 6MW SWT-6.0-120s — are the first designed by the German company specifically for the extreme rigours of operation in the rough seas of northwest Europe.

Standing 148 metres tall and topped by 120-metre-diameter rotors, the giant turbines are at the centre of a pioneering pilot project being run by Denmark’s Dong Energy alongside its three-year-old Gunfleet Sands wind farm, a UK Round 2 development currently flowing enough electricity for 125,000 homes.

Great store is being put by these next-generation Siemens units, which are on Log in to read complete article.

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