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Siemens Gamesa’s first 10MW offshore wind titan unveiled

German-Spanish OEM's SG10,0-193DD, heading for tests at Osterild in Denmark, slated to be ready for market by 2022

German-Spanish wind turbine maker Siemens Gamesa has completed the prototype nacelle for its 10MW offshore model, the SG10,0-193DD, at its factory in Brande, Denmark.

The direct-drive design, first revealed in Recharge in January , is a sizeable step up from the OEM’s 8MW model, with longer 94-metre blades sweeping an area of 29,300 m2 to generate 30% more annual energy production than its forerunner

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The prototype of the machine, which Siemens Gamesa CEO Markus Tacke said would “bridge market demand” until the OEM's “true step change”, the as-yet-unnameplated ‘1X’ platform, is in showroom in 2024-25 – will be erected at a test site in Østerild, with trials to “begin shortly”.

The nacelles for the SG10.0-193DD will initially be manufactured at Siemens Gamesa’s factory in Cuxhaven, Germany. Commercial market deployment is slated for 2022.

In April, Vattenfall revealed plans to install a first batch of the 10MW turbines at its Hollandse Kust South 1&2 project in the Dutch North Sea – in line to be the world’s first zero-subsidy offshore wind farm – following the signing of a preferred supplier agreement with the OEM.

Siemens Gamesa main rival, MHI Vestas, also has a 10MW model nearly ready for service, the, and GE Renewable Energy today announced the prototype of it's 12MW Haliade-X had generated its first kWh of power.

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