Siemens Gamesa Launches the World’s Largest Offshore Turbine at 14 MW
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has launched its new SG 14-222 DD offshore Direct Drive wind turbine with an unprecedented 14 MW capacity
Offshore at its strongest! Featuring a capacity of up to 15 MW with Power Boost and a 39,000 m2 swept area, the new generation of our Direct Drive platform has an AEP increase of more than 25% compared to its predecessor. Introducing our new SG 14-222 DD: https://t.co/rjijCJaEat pic.twitter.com/RRb0TU9UH5
— Siemens Gamesa (@SiemensGamesa) May 19, 2020
The winds of change have never been stronger, especially when it comes to meeting the world’s needs for clean, renewable energy as Siemens Gamesa has launched its new SG 14-222 DD offshore Direct Drive wind turbine with an unprecedented 14-megawatt (MW) capacity – reaching up to 15 MW using the company’s Power Boost function.
With a 222-meter diameter rotor, 108-meter long blades, and an astounding 39,000 m2 swept area, the newest Siemens Gamesa wind turbine stands tall in a world currently undergoing an enormous upheaval.
“We’ve gone bigger for the better,” states Markus Tacke, CEO of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy. “Safely and sustainably providing clean energy for our customers and society-at-large is at the core of all we do. The new SG 14-222 DD is a global product that allows all of us to take giant steps towards protecting and preserving our planet. We ourselves became carbon neutral in late 2019 and are on track towards meeting our long-term ambition of net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050. Our installed fleet of over 100 GW both offshore and onshore abates more than 260 million tons of CO2 emissions annually.”
The 14 MW capacity allows one SG 14-222 DD machine able to provide enough energy to power approximately 18,000 average European households every year. Approximately 30 SG 14-222 DD offshore wind turbines could furthermore cover the annual electricity consumption of Bilbao, Spain.
“Offshore is in our DNA,” states Andreas Nauen, CEO of the Siemens Gamesa Offshore Business Unit. “Since we helped create the offshore wind industry in 1991, we’ve been determined to safely increase operational performance, minimise technology risks, and create a consistently lower Levelised Cost of Energy. The SG 14-222 DD demonstrates our drive to lead the way in a world powered by clean energy. In fact, just one unit will avoid approx. 1.4 million tons of CO2 emissions compared to coal-fired power generation over the course of its projected 25-year lifetime,” he adds.
The 222-meter diameter rotor uses the new Siemens Gamesa B108 blades. As long as almost three Space Shuttles placed end-to-end, each 108-meter long IntegralBlade is cast in one piece using patented Siemens Gamesa blade technologies. Additionally, the turbine’s massive 39,000 m2 swept area is equivalent to approximately 5.5 standard football pitches. It allows the SG 14-222 DD to provide an increase of more than 25 percent in Annual Energy Production compared to the SG 11.0-200 DD offshore wind turbine.