REpower Systems AG has completed erection of the first wind farm consisting exclusively of REpower 6M turbines. The three turbines, installed in the Westre civic wind farm close to the German-Danish border, each have a power rating of 6 MW and a rotor diameter of 126 meters, making them among the biggest wind turbines in the world.
The new turbine was developed by REpower engineers for offshore deployment at a later stage and assembled at the company's manufacturing center in Bremerhaven, Germany. In the Westre civic wind farm, the first three turbines of this type are to be tested extensively for offshore operation and will also be subjected to a type certification.
‘The 6M technology is based on the successful 5M construction series,’ says Matthias Schubert, chief technology officer of Repower. ‘However, this was still our first time erecting a wind farm that consists fully of turbines – each with a 6 MW output – and for this, I congratulate the entire project team. This achievement means we have once again taken one huge step forward in the field of offshore wind energy.’
In related news, a framework agreement between REpower Systems and the RWE subsidiary Innogy includes the delivery of up to 250 REpower 5M or 6M turbines for the Innogy Nordsee 1 offshore wind farm.
SOURCE: REpower Systems AG