Siemens Gamesa’s 14-222 DD offshore wind turbine prototype has, according to the Spanish-German wind giant today, set a world record for the most output of a single wind turbine in a 24-hour period: 359 megawatt-hours.
This, according to the company, would be enough energy for a medium-sized electric vehicle – think a Tesla Model 3 – to drive about 1.12 million miles (1.8 million km).
Siemens Gamesa’s huge wind turbine achieved this power milestone just 10 months after it was produced its first electricity and delivered it to the grid at the test center in Østerild, Denmark.
The SG 14-222 DD is a 14 megawatt (MW) offshore wind turbine with a capacity of up to 15 MW with Power Boost.
It has a 222 meter (728 ft) diameter rotor, 108 meter (354 ft long) B108 blades that are cast in a single piece and are now reusable, and a swept area of 39,000 square meters (419,792 sq ft). .
The SG 14-222 DD can supply enough energy to power around 18,000 households annually.
Siemens Gamesa writes:
By increasing the rotor diameter to 222 meters with 108 meter long blades, the SG 14-222 DD delivers more than 25% [annual energy production] AEP compared to its predecessor.
With each new generation of our offshore direct drive turbine technology – which uses fewer moving parts than geared turbines – component improvements have enabled greater performance while maintaining reliability. We are able to reduce time to market for SG 14-222 DD thanks to standardized processes and a fully developed supply chain. Enables high volume production with low risk. Series production is planned for 2024.
In June, Siemens Gamesa was awarded a firm order for 60 of its SG 14-222 DD offshore wind turbines, which will be installed at the 882 megawatt (MW) Moray West offshore wind farm in Scotland. It will be the first installation of this model.
Photo: Siemens Gamesa
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