Siemens has released a new 3.6 MW wind turbine featuring a 120-meter rotor diameter. The SWT-3.6-120 turbine is based on the technology of the SWT-3.6-107. The new machine will be equipped with 58.5-meter-long rotor blades. The turbine has a swept area of 11,300 square meters, which is equivalent to nearly two football fields.
‘We anticipate that our new SWT-3.6-120 wind turbine will generate roughly 10 percent more electricity at a typical offshore site compared to our SWT-3.6-107,’ says Andreas Nauen, CEO of the Siemens' wind power business unit. ‘With this new wind turbine, we will continue to maintain our technology leadership in offshore wind power. We have already seen a lot of interest from the market in this new product.’
Earlier this year, Dong Energy signed orders for more than 450 SWT-3.6-120 machines. One hundred and seventy five of these new wind turbines will be installed in the first phase of the London Array wind farm, an offshore project.
The first two prototypes of the SWT 3.6-120 will be used by Dong Energy at Avedore Power Plant in Copenhagen, Denmark, and are expected to be installed in time for December's United Nations Climate Change Conference, which will also be held in Copenhagen.
SOURCE: Siemens Energy