Siemens‘ direct-drive SWT-3.3-130 onshore wind turbine – with hub heights of 85, 115 and 130 meters – has passed independent type testing and is now certified by TÜV Nord, according to the current German Institute of Civil Engineering guidelines.
The turbine is the latest development of the company’s D3 product platform. According to Siemens, the certificate means wind projects in Germany can now be planned with the turbine and will be authorized according to the current feed-in tariff. Siemens plans to deploy the first Germany-based prototype of the SWT-3.3-130 this fall at a wind test field south of Husum, Germany.
Siemens says serial production of the wind turbine will be ramped up in spring 2017. With a rated output of 3.3 MW and a rotor diameter of 130 meters, the tower was developed especially for the requirements of the onshore market in Germany and other European countries.
“We are expanding our wind turbine portfolio with the high-performing SWT-3.3-130 as a reliable solution for sites with medium to low wind speeds,” says Thomas Richterich, CEO of onshore in Siemens’ wind power and renewables division. “Wind energy projects can now be planned with this turbine. Next year, we will already be starting serial production.”