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.
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
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.
are busy preparing the site ahead of the second turbine, a Mitsubishi
SeaAngel 7MW offshore wind model, arriving in a few months time.”
MacFarlane, managing director of Siemens Wind Power UK offshore
business adds: "This is another important milestone for our next
generation wind turbine technology."
UK’s first onshore test site for offshore turbines, is being built with
support from business development body Scottish Enterprise, the UK
for Energy and Climate Change and the Department of Business,
Innovations and Skills.
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.”
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.