Siemens 6MW flowing at Hunterston

Power is flowing on to the UK grid from Siemens' SWT-6.0-154 wind turbine prototype at SSE's test facility at Hunterston, Scotland.

The 6MW turbine, which has a rotor diameter of 154 metres, is the first machine to be switched on at the three-berth coastal site, which has wind conditions much like those offshore.

“See[ing] the Siemens wind turbine generating electricity for the first time is testament to the hard work and commitment shown by everyone involved in the project," says SSE project construction manager Ian Flannagan.

“We are busy preparing the site ahead of the second turbine, a Mitsubishi SeaAngel 7MW offshore wind model, arriving in a few months time.”

Clark MacFarlane, managing director of Siemens Wind Power UK offshore business adds: "This is another important milestone for our next generation wind turbine technology."

Hunterston, the UK’s first onshore test site for offshore turbines, is being built with support from business development body Scottish Enterprise, the UK Department for Energy and Climate Change and the Department of Business, Innovations and Skills.

UK Energy and Climate minister Greg Barker states: “SSE Renewable’s test site ... will help the country take another step towards delivering £110bn investment into our energy sector while helping to support local jobs.”

Construction work continues at the second berth at Hunterston in the run-up to erection of the Mitsubishi SeaAngel, which is expected to arrive on site for assembly and commissioning in summer 2014.