Siemens has confirmed that it will supply turbines for the proposed 28MW Nissum Bredning offshore wind demonstration project in northern Denmark.
This follows completion on final investment decision by developers Nissum Bredning Vindmøllelaug and Jysk Energi, the winners of Danish Energy Agency's (DEA) tender for the pilot project to test innovative technology.
The Nissum Bredning project will test the Siemens’ 7MW SWT-7.0-154 direct drive wind turbines, a cost-effective gravity jacket foundation, and a 66kV solution including a new transformer, cable and switchgear systems.
The project will feature a total of four wind turbines, which will be connected to the grid using a new cable and turbine concept with a 66kV voltage.
According to Siemens, this platform would create a new standard for the future wind energy solutions, where high voltage can result in lowered costs for cabling and lowered losses.
The Danish Energy Agency expects the technology testing could reduce both capital and operating costs while helping in reducing the levelized cost of electricity (LCoE).
Siemens Wind Power and Renewables Division CEO Offshore Michael Hannibal said: "Since the Danish Ministry of Energy tendered the project as an official test bed for new technologies and integrated design, we've looked forward to this exciting project.
"This gives us the opportunity to simultaneously test and promote our innovations to achieve further cost reductions in offshore wind."
Siemens plans to commence turbine installation in summer 2017 while the project is planned to be commissioned in the third quarter of the same year.
The wind farm will receive support with a guaranteed feed-in tariff of DKK 0.7/kWh ($0.1/kWh) for the first 50,000 full load hours of operation.
Image: A Siemens’ SWT-7.0-154 direct drive wind turbine. Photo: courtesy of Siemens AG.