Siemens Gamesa is to supply its newest 8 MW direct-drive offshore wind turbine to the 500 MW Saint Brieuc wind project located off the Bretagne coast.
The SG 8.0-167 DD direct drive wind turbine will replace Adwen's AD 8-180 model after Siemens Gamesa decided to focus on an offshore direct drive platform. The switch to the Siemens Gamesa direct-drive platform as the technical solution for the project being developed by Ailes Marines, has been approved by the French Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition.
With the Dieppe/Le Tréport, Yeu/Noirmoutier and Provence Grand large projects, Siemens Gamesa will be supplier for nearly 1.524 GW of projects in France accounting for a total of 189 Siemens Gamesa direct drive turbines to be installed.
The latest turbine of the Siemens Gamesa offshore direct-drive platform offers a rotor diameter of 167 meters with B82 blades of nearly 82 meters length allowing 18 percent larger swept area and up to 20 percent higher annual energy production than its predecessor SWT-7.0-154. As part of the proven offshore direct-drive platform, the SG 8.0-167 DD utilises known technology, combined with its rotor upgrade, to offer customers reliable revenue streams with reduced cost of energy and mitigated risk.
“This switch of technology for Saint Brieuc project is positive news for the project as well as for the whole industry” said Andreas Nauen, CEO Offshore at Siemens Gamesa. “It demonstrates the leadership position of Siemens Gamesa in the offshore wind market in France.”