Siemens says it will build a 28 MW pilot offshore wind project, Nissum Bregning Vind, off the coast of northern Denmark.
According to the German wind company, Siemens will supply not only its new 7 MW direct-drive wind turbine model, but also a cost-efficient gravity jacket foundation solution, its new 66 kV voltage solution, including a new transformer, cable and switchgear systems, and additional innovations regarding tower and controller settings.
The company notes that the 66 kV system will result in lower costs for cabling and lower losses. Siemens expects this to be the standard voltage for future offshore wind power plants. Additionally, cable in pipe solutions allow for simpler cables to potentially be used between turbines.
“We are proud to be part of Nissum Bredning Vind offshore wind power plant. Since the Danish Ministry of Energy tendered the project as an official test bed for new technologies and integrated design, we’ve looked forward to this exciting project,” said Michael Hannibal, CEO of offshore at Siemens wind power and renewables division. “This gives us the opportunity to simultaneously test and promote our innovations to achieve further cost reductions in offshore wind.”
The Nissum Bredning Vind offshore wind power plant will get support by receiving a guaranteed feed-in tariff of EUR 0.09/kWh for the initial 10 years for the first 50,000 full load hours of operation.
Turbine installation is scheduled for summer 2017, and commissioning will be in the third quarter of 2017.