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Siemens Gamesa's largest turbine in full swing

4C Offshore | Chloe Emanuel
By: Chloe Emanuel 23/03/2023 Siemens Gamesa

Siemens Gamesa's SG 14-236 DD turbine prototype has produced its first power. With a capacity of up to 15 MW with Power Boost, this turbine aims to provide an increase of roughly 30% in Annual Energy Production (AEP) compared to its predecessor. Now that the first machine has reached its destination, the development journey will continue through testing and validation of the prototype before its deployment in the market.

Wind turbine manufacturers such as Siemens Gamesa are doing their part to overcome the challenge of building the wind turbines needed to meet international energy and climate goals. Though the necessary capacity increase may require investments from the relevant stakeholders along all stages of the lifecycle. The design and development of bigger and more competitive wind turbines like the SG 14-236 DD could be fundamental to achieve energy security. This also comes with R&D investment from wind turbine manufacturers. When making the decision on a project-winning developer, Siemens Gamesa believes it shouldn’t come down just to price.

Siemens Gamesa and other OEMs and developers in Europe point to additional qualitative criteria, such as recyclability, technological innovation, project’s carbon footprint or its contribution to the European economy and value creation. This could be important for the European wind industry to maintain its competitive advantage, but also to hold manufacturers around the world to higher standards that take the bigger picture into account.

The production of first power of one of the world’s largest offshore turbines is another successful point in the wind energy discourse. The wind industry has already amply demonstrated its ability to be a key contributor to meeting the major challenge of our times, by aiming to achieve energy independence through domestic, clean, and competitive sources.

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