Windpark Kniphagen has awarded a contract to Siemens Energy to supply five of its SWT-3.0-113 driven wind turbines for the 15MW project in Kniphagen in Ostholstein, Germany.

Siemens Energy has also secured a 20-year service and maintenance contract for the Kniphagen wind power project, which is scheduled to be connected to grid in 2014.

The company and its wind service team, within the framework of the 20-year service contract, will maintain the wind turbines.

The Siemens Energy team has focused on reducing the necessary digging to a minimum in planning this project. The sealing of grassed areas in the nature embedded site remained notably small due to anticipatory planning of paths and utility spaces for the cranes.

According to the company, it is the first time the company’s direct drive turbines are to be installed in this region.

Windpark Kniphagen CEO Peter Spies said that the gearless wind turbines reduce the number of moving parts by 50%.

"The leading aspects in the choice of our wind turbines were optimum availability and maximum energy efficiency," Kniphagen added.