Siemens Gamesa has announced the launch of its new SG 14-222 DD offshore wind turbine with a 14MW nameplate capacity.
The capacity can be increased to up to 15MW with power boost function.
With a 222m-diameter rotor and 108m-long blades, the new wind turbine is claimed to have the capacity to offset 1.4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy CEO Markus Tacke said: “We’ve gone bigger for the better. Safely and sustainably providing clean energy for our customers and society-at-large is at the core of all we do.
“The new SG 14-222 DD is a global product which allows all of us to take giant steps towards protecting and preserving our planet.
“We ourselves became carbon neutral in late 2019 and are on track towards meeting our long-term ambition of net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050.
“Our installed fleet of over 100GW both offshore and onshore abates more than 260 million tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.”
Each wind turbine is expected to generate enough energy that will be sufficient to power nearly 18,000 average homes in Europe.
The new SG 14-222 DD wind turbine is expected to generate 25% additional energy annually in comparison to the SG 11.0-200 DD offshore wind turbine.
Additionally, the 500 metric tonnes lightweight nacelle would facilitate “optimised tower and foundation substructure” at a lower cost.
The company noted that the prototype will be ready in 2021 and will be commercially available by 2024.
Siemens Gamesa offshore business unit CEO Andreas Nauen said: “Offshore is in our DNA. Since we helped create the offshore wind industry in 1991, we’ve been determined to safely increase operational performance, minimise technology risks, and create a consistently lower levelized cost of energy.
“The SG 14-222 DD demonstrates our drive to lead the way in a world powered by clean energy. In fact, just one unit will avoid approx. 1.4 million tonnes of CO2 emissions compared to coal-fired power generation over the course of its projected 25-year lifetime.”