Senvion to install 6.2M this year

German wind turbine manufacturer Senvion will install a prototype of its 6.2M152 offshore turbine on land by the end of October 2014, to be followed by commercial production of the new machine next year.

The company – a unit of India’s Suzlon – said in a first step the access routes to the Langen-Neuenwalde location 20km north of the German port city of Bremerhaven are being built.

Senvion had announced the new offshore turbine in November. It features a rotor diameter of 152 metres, which renders an energy yield 20% higher than the company’s previous model, which had a diameter of only 126 metres. The machine will have a rated power of 6.15MW.

“This is an exceptional project, because the prototype has already been sold to EWE Erneuerbare Energien and will be used commercially,” says Senvion chief executive Andreas Nauen.

“The customer is placing trust in us, which we are justifying with a certified, validated and high-performance turbine. We are the world’s only provider with experience with this turbine, thanks to more than 100 installed.”

EWE is a regional energy utility in Germany’s Northwest, that has a stake in the pioneering 60MW Alpha Ventus and owns most of the 108MW Riffgat offshore wind parks in the North Sea.