Danish pilot to cut operating costs

In: Windfarms
The Danish Energy Agency has awarded Nissum Bredning Vindmøllelaug subsidies required to develop a 28MW pilot offshore windfarm off the coast of Denmark.

The project includes the testing of four new 7MW Siemens wind turbines and a new jacket foundation concept. This type of turbine is currently being tested on Østerild test station, but has not yet been tested offshore. Nissum believe that the project may bring significant savings on future offshore wind deployment with 12.5% savings on both capital and operating costs.

The DEA stated that:
"the pilot scheme gives the opportunity to test these technology elements on a large scale in conditions similar to the North Sea, where the technology is expected to be used first. The project also includes a new cable and switchgear concept with 66 kV voltage, which is expected to be standard voltage for future offshore wind farms."

The project is supported through a guaranteed feed-in tariff for the electricity produced at 70 cents / kWh in 10-11 years. The total funding for the project is estimated to be approximately DKK 300 million (EUR 40 million).

Grid connection for the project is expected during 2017.

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