Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy last month unveiled two new wind turbines for onshore and offshore wind sites, both of which are intended to pave the way for the company’s new “One Segment/One Technology” philosophy announced early November.
A month ago newly-merged Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy published its fourth quarter financial earnings report in which it revealed that revenue fell by 12% and that it planned to cut 6,000 jobs amidst continuing restructuring following the merger between Siemens’ wind division and Gamesa. Lost in the shuffle of financial earnings and job cuts, the company also unveiled a new business direction which amounts to “One Segment/One Technology” in which the company will have only one technology per business segment by 2020. Specifically, the company intends to reduce its onshore product portfolio range by 65% and implement a single-platform strategy for its offshore sector.
A few weeks later, Siemens Gamesa announced that it would unveil two new products at the upcoming WindEurope 2017 industry exhibition held in Amsterdam.
The WindEurope 2017 exhibition was held from November 28 to 30, and Siemens Gamesa delivered on its promise, unveiling two new wind turbine offerings — a 4.2 MW (megawatt) onshore wind turbine and an 8 MW offshore wind turbine.
The 4 MW onshore wind turbine is the new geared turbine SG 4.2-145, part of the company’s geared turbine platform Siemens Gamesa 4.X, which offers best-in-class LCoE at medium wind sites in the 4-megawatt segment and “marks the start of a next-generation product platform for high performance geared onshore wind turbines” which will be able to increase annual energy production by 21%.
Did you know? “The new SG 4.2-145 turbine offers maximum flexibility for wind power projects on land,” Agustin Simon, Onshore Marketing Expert. Stop by the #SiemensGamesa #Xpert center. pic.twitter.com/DLYqJN8n6p
— Siemens Gamesa (@SiemensGamesa) November 29, 2017
“With our new geared onshore Siemens Gamesa 4.X platform we offer even more technology options to our customers, helping to make their projects a profitable and sustainable asset,” said Ricardo Chocarro, CEO Onshore at SGRE. “With the combined expertise in our merged company we offer a best-in-class solution in the market for turbines over 4 MW for a wide range of medium wind sites. For low wind sites we will soon launch a rotor option with a diameter above 150 meters. For high wind sites the turbine will be available with the proven 132 meter rotor.”
Additionally, Siemens Gamesa also launched the new direct drive offshore wind turbine SG 8.0-167 DD which boasts a rotor diameter of 167 meters and B82 blades that will allow for an 18% greater swept area and up to 20% higher annual energy production than the previous SWT-7.0-154 offshore turbine.
Did you know? “The SG 8.0-167 DD offers our customers higher energy yields at lower wind speeds,” Jørgen Rasmussen, Technical Sales Manager. This week at our #windeurope2017 #Xpert center. pic.twitter.com/Gn8D2ZSW2e
— Siemens Gamesa (@SiemensGamesa) November 30, 2017
“The introduction of the SG 8.0-167 DD shows our continued dedication to industrializing the offshore market,” explained Andreas Nauen, CEO Offshore at SGRE. “With the rotor upgrade we offer our customers even higher energy yields at lower wind speeds. The flexibility of the offshore direct drive platform helps to reduce the Levelized Cost of Energy (LcoE) and at the same time mitigate risks,” he adds.
Both the onshore and offshore turbines are part of the company’s new “One Segment/One Technology” philosophy which will see the company focus on geared turbines for onshore and direct-drive turbines for offshore.
“The single platform strategy helps the company to transition to a more focused offer in the medium-term by utilizing economies of scale throughout the supply chain. This is how we will deliver lasting value to our customers,” added CEO Markus Tacke.
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