With the construction of two 6-megawatt wind turbines from Siemens Wind Power, DONG Energy has taken a major step in our efforts to reduce the cost of energy from wind turbines at sea.
"With the new and almost twice as large wind turbines, we prospectively only need half the number of foundations and half the number of cables between the turbines compared to today. Consequently the new wind turbines provide a solid contribution to making it cheaper to produce energy at sea, "says deputy CEO of DONG Energy, Wind Power, Morten Hultberg Buchgreitz and continues,
“If energy from offshore wind turbines in the future is to be considered a wholly competitive alternative to conventional power plants, the price and costs must be reduced. Therefore it is crucial that we, as for example at Gunfleet Sands, will be able to demonstrate the latest technology, which we at a later stage can implement in full scale on our projects,"says Morten Hultberg Buchgreitz.
DONG Energy is now in the process of putting the two 6-megawatt turbines in operation and expect that they will start producing electricity during February.
The 6 megawatt wind turbine from Siemens has already been tested onshore at Høvsøre test center and at Østerild test center in Denmark, and will now go through a demonstration program on Gunfleet Sands.
In July 2012 DONG Energy announced that it has entered into a framework agreement with Siemens on the supply of a total of 300 6 megawatt wind turbines for the company's projects in England.
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