A 6 MW Siemens prototype has become the first machine to begin flowing power from SSE Renewables' offshore wind turbine test facility in Hunterston, Scotland.
SSE explains the Siemens SWT-6.0-154 wind turbine is 177 meters high, and the Hunterston site has similar wind conditions to those found offshore, as well as access to the grid and an adjacent jetty for facilitating component deliveries.
"We are delighted with the news of first power for our 6 MW turbine at Hunterston," comments Siemens' Clark MacFarlane. "This is another important milestone for our next-generation wind turbine technology."
Ian Flannagan, SSE's project construction manager, notes that the test site is now preparing the site for a second wind turbine, a Mitsubishi SeaAngel 7 MW offshore model. That machine is slated to arrive this summer.
SSE says the Hunterson project is the U.K.'s first onshore test site for offshore turbines, with support by Scottish Enterprise, the Department for Energy and Climate Change and the Department of Business, Innovations and Skills.