Siemens launches wind turbine for low winds
Marseille, France, March 17, 2009
Siemens Energy has announced the launch of its powerful wind turbine SWT-2.3-101, which is ideally suited to sites with low to medium wind speeds.
With a rotor diameter of 101 meters, the new wind turbine will provide more power at lower wind speeds, significantly increasing the return on investment of wind farms, said a Siemens official at the European Wind Energy Conference (EWEC) in Marseille, France which runs till March 19.
“The new SWT-2.3-101 wind turbine completes our 2.3-megawatt (MW) class product family. We are confident that the new machine will set the industry standard for quality and reliability in low to medium wind markets,” said Andreas Nauen, CEO of the Siemens Wind Power Business Unit.
Low to medium wind market segments are expected to grow substantially in the future. The low-wind market, alone, is expected to represent one third of the total global wind power market in the coming years, he noted.
“The new wind turbine will open up a range of potential new sites for our customers, as they can now generate higher returns in the increasingly important low-wind market segment.”
The new SWT-2.3-101 wind turbine is ready for delivery, he added.
The SWT-2.3-101 machine will be equipped with Siemens’ new 49-meter rotor blades that are produced using the proprietary IntegralBlade manufacturing process, which casts blades in one piece in a closed process.
This unique process eliminates any weaknesses from the glue processes used in the manufacturing of traditional blades.
With a diameter of 101 meters, the rotor of the new SWT-2.3-101 has a swept area of 8,000 sq m, which equates to one-and-a-half football fields.
The rugged structural design, combined with automatic lubrication systems, internal climate control and a simple generator system without slip rings, contributes to providing exceptional reliability. -TradeArabia News Service
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