The next-generation offshore wind turbine being developed by Senvion and partners in the ReaLCoE project could ultimately be capable of 14-16 MW, EU documents suggest.
As highlighted previously by OWJ, a Senvion-led consortium is developing a ‘10 MW+’ offshore wind turbine under the ‘Robust, Reliable and Large Offshore Wind Energy Converters for Clean, Low Cost and Competitive Electricity’ or ReaLCoE project.
The company first announced the development of the 10 MW+ unit in May 2017, but information issued by the European Union, which has been tapped to provide funding for the development of the new unit, suggests it will be capable of evolving into a much more powerful unit that would be more powerful even than GE Renewable Energy’s recently announced Haliade X.
The Haliade X is touted as a 12 MW unit, although it would also presumably be capable of providing incrementally increased capacity over time.
The Senvion consortium initially plans to develop, install, demonstrate, operate and test a 10 MW+ prototype platform in an offshore environment. It has not publicly disclosed details of the potential growth capacity of the new turbine.
In particular, the project aims to develop a modular design that can be easily customised for different markets and client requirements. The new turbine is also expected to have a longer lifetime than its predecessors, and reduced service and maintenance requirements through using more robust and interchangeable components.
“If successful, the project will pave the way for a wind turbine with a capacity of 14-16MW, triggering hundreds of millions of investments in the European clean tech sector, generating growth and jobs,” the EU said.