More than a year since it was first unveiled, Spanish wind turbine manufacturer Siemens Gamesa has begun installation of its 14MW offshore wind prototype in Denmark, which will be the biggest turbine ever built.
Boasting a rotor diameter of 22-metres and a mammoth swept area of 39,000 m², thanks to its 108-metre-long blades, the SG 14-222 DD will deliver a 25 per cent increase in annual production over its 11MW predecessor.
Siemens Gamesa says the turbine will produce enough electricity to power the equivalent of 18,000 average European households every year, and about 30 of the turbines could cover the annual electricity consumption of a city like Bilbao, in Spain.
Each machine will avoid approximately 1.4 million tonnes of CO2 emissions as against coal-fired power generation.
We are excited to share that the installation of our SG 14-222 DD prototype has started in Oesterild, Denmark. Upon installation, this will be the biggest turbine ever built!#Strongswindsofchange#Leadingtheoffshorerevolution pic.twitter.com/G59b9lOqZH
— Siemens Gamesa (@SiemensGamesa) September 23, 2021
Siemens Gamesa has received a flurry of orders for its 14MW turbine – including for the 2.6GW Coastal Virginia offshore wind project in the US, the 300MW Hai Long 2 project in Taiwan, and the 1.4 GW Sofia Offshore Wind Farm in the UK.