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.
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.”