SSE, others, order 50 new Siemens turbines for onshore wind farms in Scotland and N. Ireland

smarter grid 48mw wind farm connectedBy DARA BUTTERFIELD

German wind-turbine manufacturer Siemens has been awarded orders for a total of 52 new turbines for Scotland and N. Ireland – most of which are in Scotland.

Together the wind projects are expected to supply clean renewable energy for 97,500 households of which 75,000 will in Scotland.

Siemens Wind Power and Renewables Division has been awarded orders from three different customers to construct, install, and commission 52 units of its D3 direct drive wind turbines at three projects in Ireland and Scotland.

The three wind farms are: Aikengall 2, near Edinburgh; Phase 1 of Galway Wind Park,  and at Raheenleagh in County Wicklow, 50 miles south of Dublin. These projects represent a major contribution to onshore wind power generation in both Scotland and Ireland.

Thomas Richterich, Chief Executive, Siemens Wind Power and Renewables Division, said: “We are proud to be selected to provide both the turbines and long-term service for these important new projects in Scotland and Ireland.

“The different site-specific requirements of these projects underscore the strength of our D3 product platform. With our proven and diverse portfolio of technology we are able to offer the best choice for a wide range of onshore projects.”

The 52 D3 product platform wind turbines will be installed with models SWT-3.0-101, SWT-3.2-108 and SWT-3.2-113 selected according to site specific wind conditions and requirements. All of these Siemens direct drive wind turbines feature a PMG generator for a high energy yield with high efficiency at low operational costs.

Community Windpower’s Aikengall 2 wind farm project, consisting of 19 SWT-3.2-113 turbines has a planned delivery and installation date of early summer 2016. It is adjacent to the existing Crystal Rig 2 site, which is also using Siemens wind turbines.

At SSE’s ‘Galway Wind Park Phase 1’, Siemens will install 22 of its SWT-3.0-101 direct drive wind turbines. The site has medium to high wind speeds. With their 101 meter rotors the Siemens SWT-3.0-101 wind turbines are designed to offer solid performance even under extreme wind conditions. Commissioning of the 64MW project is expected for early 2017.

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