Siemens to launch low-wind turbine (updated 23 September)

GERMANY: Siemens is set to launch a new low-wind turbine based on its existing 3MW platform.

The turbine will be based on Siemens D3 platform
The turbine will be based on Siemens D3 platform

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At the WindEnergy2014 conference in Hamburg, the company revealed the turbine will have a capacity of 3.3MW and a 130-metre rotor.

Siemens currently offers the 3-3.2MW turbines with rotors of between 101 and 113 metres. The largest rotor makes the IIa wind-class turbine suitable for medium-wind sites.

Many turbine manufacturers have been producing low-wind turbines for a number years, allowing them to gain market share.

Nordex has said that its low-wind N117 turbine has been key to the company's impressive showing in recent years, helping to push it into the top ten global turbine manufacturers. Enercon, GE and Vestas also have established low-wind platforms.

But Hannes Reuter, head of Siemens onshore wind for central and southern Europe, is confident there is a place for the new turbine: "We see markets in Europe as going more towards low wind. [The turbine] is especially made for the German market, but also other markets that have that lower wind... like Poland and southern Europe, such as Italy and France," he said.

"[Low wind] is a competitive market but it's one of the biggest markets. Low-wind turbines in Europe are taking 70% of the market."

The D3 platform was launched in 2010 as Siemens' largest onshore turbine at the time. It also represented its first move into direct-drive turbines, which the company said lowered the top-head mass and improved reliability.

In March, Siemens revealed an uprated version of the turbine, giving the new machine a 3.2MW capacity and a 4% higher annual yield.

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