Siemens awarded largest onshore wind power order to date

Source:Siemens

With three rotor blades on each of the 448 ordered wind turbines it is a total of 1344 blades that have to be delivered. Via truck or rail they are shipped from the production site in Madison, Iowa to the five projects of MidAmerican Energy in the state. If you put all those 53 meters long rotor blades in a row, they would span over a distance of over 44 miles (71 kilometers). That would be a 35 minute ride on the highway at full speed, passing one rotor blade after another. It's more than three times as long as the Broadway crossing Manhattan from north to south.

Siemens has received an order from the U.S. energy company MidAmerican Energy for the supply of 448 wind turbines. With a total capacity of 1,050 megawatts (MW), this represents not only the largest order for onshore wind turbines for Siemens, but also the largest single order for onshore wind power awarded globally to date. The wind turbines, each with a nominal rating of 2.3 MW and a rotor diameter of 108 meters, are to be installed in five different projects in Iowa. Siemens will also be responsible for service and maintenance of the wind turbines.

"Siemens not only leads the way for offshore wind power worldwide, we are also a very successful player in the onshore wind industry. In Europe and Africa alone, we successfully installed more than 1 gigawatt in the last fiscal year. This new order from MidAmerican Energy once again highlights that we are one of the leading suppliers in the U.S. wind power market," said Markus Tacke, CEO of the Wind Power Division of Siemens Energy.

Iowa is one of the leading U.S. states in wind energy generation. In 2012, around 24 percent of total power generation in the state was provided by wind power. Siemens has already installed 1.2 GW of wind power capacity for MidAmerican Energy to date. Including this new order, these wind projects will provide around 660,000 American households with eco-friendly power when they are completed in 2015.

The nacelles and hubs for the wind turbines of this major order will be assembled at the Siemens plant in Hutchinson, Kansas, and the rotor blades will be produced by Siemens in Fort Madison, Iowa.

Wind power and associated service activities are part of Siemens' Environmental Portfolio. Around 43 percent of its total revenue stems from green products and solutions. That makes Siemens one of the world's leading providers of eco-friendly technology.

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