The world’s first commercial deployment of Siemens Gamesa’s 8MW offshore wind turbine featuring the giant 167-meter rotor will happen at Borssele 1&2. Ørsted won the right to build the 752-MW Dutch offshore wind project in 2016, and it’s expected to be fully operational by the end of 2020.
In June 2017, Ørsted announced that the company had signed a contract with Siemens Gamesa to supply 94 units of its 8-MW platform wind turbines for the wind farm, which will supply about 1 million Dutch households with clean electricity.
As the world leader in offshore wind, Ørsted has a track record of introducing new wind technology at sea, including the latest generations of wind turbines deployed on commercial scale projects:
- 2007: Siemens 3.6-MW turbines installed at Burbo Bank.
- 2015: Siemens 6-MW turbines installed at Westermost Rough.
- 2016: MHI Vestas 8-MW turbines installed at Burbo Bank Extension.
- 2020: Siemens Gamesa 8-MW turbines to be installed at Borssele 1&2.
The capacity of the latest wind turbines is about 18 times bigger than the 0.45-MW turbines, which were installed at the world’s first offshore wind farm at Vindeby, Denmark, in 1991.
“Bigger rotors mean more energy output per wind turbine, which in turn lowers the cost of clean energy,” said Jasper Vis, Ørsted’s country manager in the Netherlands. “Therefore, we have, through many years, worked closely with the suppliers to introduce still bigger and more efficient turbines, and we look forward to taking the next step at our Borssele offshore wind farm.”
In 2016, Ørsted was the world’s first developer to have installed more than 1,000 wind turbines off shore.
For more information, go to orsted.com