First offshore installation of Siemens 6 MW wind turbine

Installation vessel SEA INSTALLER has fitted first Siemens six megawatt wind turbines offshore.

The installation of the first two 6 megawatt wind turbines in the offshore wind power plant Gunfleet Sands III with the specially designed installation vessel SEA INSTALLER marks an important milestone for Siemens.

SEA INSTALLER can install wind turbines in the tidal range and under difficult seabed conditions in water depths down to 45 meters. The vessel belongs to the Danish company A2Sea which is headquartered in Fredericia. Siemens holds 49 percent of the shares, with DONG Energy retaining 51 percent.

Siemens is in the vanguard in the field of offshore wind turbine technology and has also played a pioneering role in the challenging area of offshore installation of wind turbines. Its purpose in all these endeavors is to further reduce the costs of wind energy and so enable wind power to compete with traditional energy sources.

Apart from innovations such as the new gearless six-megawatt wind turbine, another important leverage factor is the systematic industrialization of offshore logistics.

For the most up to date and in-depth news on the global wind power industry visit PennEnergy's comprehensive Renewable Generation topic center to access industry focused articles and reports.

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