Siemens has been presenting ground-breaking strategies and pioneering solutions for energy generation for an intelligent power supply globally. With an expansive portfolio and wide-ranging proficiency in wind power generation, Siemens is likely to aid in increasing the share of wind power in the US energy mix. With New Mexico’s vicinity to significant wind energy areas, the state is on the way to grow into an important player for the wind industry.
A recent development to Siemens’ direct drive wind turbine technology for offshore and onshore wind turbines adds another milestone to the conglomerate’s intelligent power supply ideas. SWT-8.0-154, the newest addition to the offshore direct drive platform, exemplifies a noteworthy step in the direction of grid parity for offshore wind. The 8-MW turbine is constructed on the present offshore direct drive platform, integrating just minor developments.
The first SWT-8.0-154 is likely to be installed in early 2017. As compared to the 7-MW model, SWT-8.0-154 will permit for up to 10% higher annual energy production (AEP) in offshore wind conditions. Yet again, the offshore direct drive platform permits a substantial reduction in the Levelized Cost of Energy (LCoE) at minimum risk. The 8-MW turbine is expecting type certification by the beginning of 2018. Simultaneously, Siemens’ high performance wind turbine for medium to low onshore wind sites has reached a breakthrough with the SWT-3.3-130 positively obtaining type certification from DNV GL.
Not only this, Siemens has contracted with Pattern Energy Group LP to supply, install and service 141 wind turbines for the Broadview Wind venture. Broadview Wind syndicates two end-to-end ventures in New Mexico and Texas with an overall installed capacity of 324 MW. Equally, these onshore wind power plants are slated to provide clean energy to nearly 180,000 average US homes. Siemens’ setting up of its 2.3 MW onshore wind turbines is expected to start operations towards the end of 2016. An abiding service and upkeep pact was also signed for the turbines. This comprises of Siemens’ remote monitoring and diagnostic services which provide a hands-on method to service and maintenance to help boost the stability of the turbines throughout.
Siemens’ SWT-2.3-108 wind turbine has a hub height of 80 meters and a rotor diameter of 108 meters. The blades for this project will be manufactured at the Siemens blade facility in Fort Madison, Iowa. The hubs and nacelles will be amassed at the Siemens facility in Hutchinson, Kansas. A mounted power boost alternative offers further electrical production under high wind circumstances. The New Mexico section of the Broadview will feature 105 turbines for a total of 241 MW and the Texas section will have 36 turbines for a total of 83 MW. Both sites have the advantage of constant winds owing to the streams of the North American wind belt.
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