Siemens (Hamburg, Germany) has received a further order for two German offshore wind power plants: The company will supply 97 wind turbines, each with a rating of six megawatts (MW) and a rotor diameter of 154 meters, to the Danish energy provider DONG Energy. The total capacity for the Gode Wind 1 and Gode Wind 2 projects is 582 megawatts, enough to supply around 600,000 German households with eco-friendly power.
In October 2013, Siemens installed a market-ready version of its new 6 megawatt (MW) direct drive wind turbine on the test site of the power utility SSE, the UK's largest generator of renewable energy. The turbine of the type SWT-6.0-154 with 154 meter rotor diameter offers cutting-edge direct drive technology.
The Gode Wind 1 (252 MW) and Gode Wind 2 (330 MW) wind power plants will be erected off the North Sea island of Juist, around 45 kilometers from the German coast in water depth of up to 34 meters. This will mark the first time that Siemens will be supplying its new six-megawatt wind turbines for offshore installation in Germany. Siemens will also service the wind turbines for a period of five years. Construction is planned to begin in the first half of 2015, with commissioning scheduled for the second half of 2016.
"Offshore wind energy is a vital contributing factor to the success of the energy transition in Germany", stats Markus Tacke, CEO of the Wind Power Division of the Siemens Energy Sector. "Only at sea can wind projects of a performance category equivalent to major power plants be erected in Germany. Offshore wind energy will also act as a stabilization factor in the German energy mix. Offshore wind power plants produce electricity on more than 340 days per year, thanks to stable wind conditions at sea."
Siemens is at the front of the market for offshore wind power plants, for grid connection and for offshore wind service. To date, the company has installed wind turbines with a total capacity of 3.9 gigawatts (GW) at sea worldwide. Siemens currently has orders for offshore projects with a capacity of around five gigawatts in the books.
"Despite the fact that offshore wind energy is quite a new technology, we are making great advances. In the coming ten years we intend to reduce costs by up to 40 percent," declared Mr. Tacke. "To accomplish this, it is essential that we have clearly defined and reliable framework conditions for the expansion of offshore wind power in Germany. "
Siemens has to date installed wind turbines for two offshore wind power plants in Germany, with six further projects in the order books. Siemens is also supplying wind turbines to DONG Energy for the German project Borkum Riffgrund 1. DONG Energy is the global leading player for the development, the engineering, procurement and construction as well as the operation of offshore wind.
Wind power and the associated service are part of Siemens' Environmental Portfolio, with which the company posted revenue amounting to roughly EUR33 billion in fiscal 2012. That makes Siemens one of the world's leading providers of eco-friendly technology. Using Siemens products and solutions, customers saved more than 330 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) during the same time period; this figure is equivalent to the total annual CO2 emissions of Berlin, Delhi, Hong Kong, Istanbul, London, New York, Singapore and Tokyo combined.