Siemens Gamesa to supply 8 MW direct-drive offshore turbine to 500 MW project in France

Wednesday, 10 January, 2018 - 13:30
Siemens Gamesa will supply the new 8 MW direct-drive offshore turbine to a 500 MW project in France (photo: Siemens Gamesa)
Siemens Gamesa will supply the new 8 MW direct-drive offshore turbine to a 500 MW project in France (Photo: Siemens Gamesa)

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy will supply 62 units of its new 8 MW offshore wind turbine, the SG 8.0-167 DD, to the 500 MW Saint Brieuc project off the coasts of Brittany. The ordered direct drive wind turbine will replace Adwen’s AD 8-180 model after Siemens Gamesa has decided to focus on offshore direct drive platform.

The switch to the Siemens Gamesa direct-drive platform as the technical solution for the project being developed by Ailes Marines, has been approved by the French Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition.

The latest turbine of Siemens Gamesa’s offshore direct-drive platform offers a rotor diameter of 167 m with B82 blades of nearly 82 m length, allowing a 18 % larger swept area and up to 20 % higher annual energy production than its predecessor SWT-7.0-154. As part of the proven offshore direct-drive platform, the SG 8.0-167 DD utilizes known technology, combined with its rotor upgrade, to offer customers reliable revenue streams with reduced cost of energy and mitigated risk.

Andreas Nauen, CEO Offshore at Siemens Gamesa, said: “This switch of technology for Saint Brieuc project is positive news for the project as well as for the whole industry. It demonstrates the leadership position of Siemens Gamesa in the offshore wind market in France. The strong dedication of our company to offer reliable and competitive solutions while contributing to the local economic and industrial development will allow offshore wind to become a motor of the energy transition in Bretagne.”

With 500 MW for Dieppe/Le Tréport, 500 MW for Yeu/Noirmoutier and 24 MW of floating turbines for the Provence Grand large project, Siemens Gamesa will be supplier for nearly 1.524 GW of projects in France accounting for a total of 189 Siemens Gamesa direct drive turbines to be installed.

Volker Buddensiek / Siemens Gamesa

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