SGRE adapts 8MW for Asia-Pacific

ASIA-PACIFIC: Siemens Gamesa has adapted its SG 8.0-167 DD turbine to address conditions in Asia-Pacific markets.

SGRE has made its 8MW turbine suitable for Taiwan, and the wider Asia-Pacific region
SGRE has made its 8MW turbine suitable for Taiwan, and the wider Asia-Pacific region

The manufacturer will adapt the turbine’s electrical systems and components to better meet the region’s grid codes and standards for typhoons, seismic activities, high and low ambient temperatures, and 60 Hertz frequency requirements.

The design will be ready in 2019 and may be installed in Taiwan — where Siemens Gamesa is in line to provide 80 units of the turbine for Wpd — by 2020, the manufacturer added. 

It also signed more than ten memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with companies to supply components for the turbine from local plants. 

Andreas Nauen, CEO of Siemens Gamesa’s offshore business unit, said: "The market-specific variant of the SG 8.0-167 DD demonstrates our commitment to moving the market forward on a technological front from 2019."

The SG 8.0-167 DD unit has a rated capacity of 8MW and a rotor with a diameter of 167 metres.

It was unveiled at the WindEurope 2017 conference in Amsterdam in the Netherlands, and was first ordered by Vattenfall for the Swedish company’s Kriegers Flak and Vesterhav projects.

Siemens Gamesa installed and commissioned the first prototype of the model in Østerild, Denmark in September 2018.

The Asia-Pacific variant is designed to meet local codes and standards in markets such as Taiwan and Japan, Siemens Gamesa stated.

Such standards include IEC Typhoon Class (T-Class) type certification, so the product should be able to handle extreme wind speeds.

The manufacturer will also adapt the model to operate in both and low ambient temperatures, which would reduce thermal limitation and increase annual energy production while preserving turbine lifetime, it stated. 

Niels Steenberg, executive general manager of Siemens Gamesa’s Asia-Pacific Offshore division, said the company saw "promising developments ahead" for offshore wind in the region.

He added: "With Taiwan as an important regional base and the introduction of the market-specific variant of the SG-8.0-267 DD, we’re able to meet customer needs in markets as they develop."

Siemens Gamesa's Danish-Japanese rival MHI Vestas is also adapting turbines to better meet typhoon conditions in the Asia-Pacific.

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