Siemens' ‘turbina sapiens’ ready to make a 6MW splash offshore

Plans are fast taking shape to erect a pair of Siemens’ 6MW direct-drive wind turbines at the first of four sites marked out by the UK Crown Estate for demonstration testing of the next generation of offshore machines.

The pilot installation of the SWT-6.0s, which will stand in 15 metres of water next to developer Dong Energy’s Gunfleet Sands wind farm, 8.5km off the southeast coast of England, will see construction work start next month on the landfall section of the project, where the turbines’ export cable will be linked to the grid.

Offshore activity for Gunfleet is expected to kick off in July, with power flowing from the demonstration site by the end of the year down a dedicated line supplied by JDR Cable Systems.

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