The Wind Power and Renewables division of German multinational Siemens will provide four 7 MW wind turbines with accompanying new offshore wind innovations to a pilot offshore wind project being developed in northern Denmark.
Nissum Bredning Vindmøllelaug and Jysk Energi placed the resulting winning bid for the Nissum Bredning Vind offshore wind project following a tender from Danish Energy Agency (DEA) for the construction of the 28 megawatt pilot project. Siemens has since been named the supplier, and will not only supply the four 7 MW wind turbines, but will also supply an innovative and new cost efficient gravity jacket foundation solution, the company’s new 66kV voltage solution including a new transformer, cable and switchgear systems, and further tower and controller innovations.
“We are proud to be part of Nissum Bredning Vind offshore wind power plant,” explained Michael Hannibal, CEO Offshore at Siemens Wind Power and Renewables Division. “Since the Danish Ministry of Energy tendered the project as an official test bed for new technologies and integrated design, we’ve looked forward to this exciting project. This gives us the opportunity to simultaneously test and promote our innovations to achieve further cost reductions in offshore wind.”
Siemens believes that the new innovations being tested in this pilot project will result in reduced Levelized Costs of Electricity (LCoE). The Danish Energy Agency is similarly looking forward to the project, expecting “significant savings within both capital and operating costs.”
According to Siemens, of particular impact on the costs of this project is its new gravity jacket foundation concept, which should allow for the expected cost savings. Siemens explained in its press release that the foundations for an offshore wind farm often account for approximately 20% to 30% of the total costs of the project — Siemens is attempting to reduce this cost, and therefore the overall cost of offshore wind farms.
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