The world’s first commercial deployment of Siemens Gamesa’s 8MW offshore wind turbine featuring the giant 167m rotor will happen at Borssele 1&2.
Orsted (DONG) won the right to build the 752MW Dutch offshore wind project in 2016, and it’s expected to be fully operational by the end of 2020.
As the world leader in offshore wind, Orsted have a track record of introducing new wind technology at sea, including the latest generations of wind turbines deployed on commercial scale projects:
2007: Siemens 3.6MW turbines installed at Burbo Bank
2015: Siemens 6MW turbines installed at Westermost Rough
2016: MHI Vestas 8MW turbines installed at Burbo Bank Extension
2020: Siemens Gamesa 8MW turbines to be installed at Borssele 1&2
The capacity of the latest wind turbines is around 18 times bigger than the 0.45MW 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. 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,” says Jasper Vis, country manager in the Netherlands.