Gunfleet Sands test site opens

Dong Energy today cuts the ribbon on its Gunfleet Sands 3 offshore wind demonstration site – the testing ground for Siemens’ new 6MW turbines.

The site – adjacent to Dong’s 172MW Gunfleet Sands wind farm off eastern England – is being inaugurated by UK climate change minister Greg Barker.

Gunfleet Sands is home to two of the new Siemens 6MW machines, which will be put through their paces over the next three years.

Henrik Stiesdal, chief technology officer at Siemens Wind Power said: “Gunfleet Sands 3 is a very important project for us to bring the 6M direct-drive turbine out to the offshore environment.

“The two prototypes have been pre-tested here under hardest conditions and we have made tremendous progress with the experiences gained by that. Now we will test the turbines under long-term conditions of normal energy production.”