By Editors of Power Engineering
DNV GL, an international certification body and classification society, has officially certified an 8-MW offshore wind turbine developed by Siemens.
The SWT-8.0-154 prototype was deemed to have sufficient safety features, and will be installed at a test center in Østerild, Denmark, for the next phase of the certification process.
“We are proud to have received the prototype certificate at this early stage, allowing us to install our SWT-8.0-154 prototype according to plan,” said Morten Rasmussen, Head of Siemens Wind Power Technology. “The third evolution on the Offshore Direct Drive platform truly marks the move towards industrializing offshore wind power.”
Key changes from the previous SWT-6.0-154 and SWT-7.0-154 offshore turbines that preceded the new model include an upgraded generator -- including an adjacent electrical system -- and an advanced control system.
The upgrade from 7 MW to 8 MW was made possible through new magnet technology.