Siemens has installed a prototype of its low wind turbine model at the Drantum test site in Denmark.
The IEC Class IIIA turbine is the company’s first model to be equipped with rotor blades based on hybrid-carbon technology.
Siemens claims the turbine of up to 165 metres and 69-metre rotor blades, manufactured LM Wind Power, has set a new benchmark in energy production.
It adds even at average wind speed of six metres per second, it can generate 10GWh of electricity per year.
Morten Pilgaard Rasmussen, Head of Technology at Siemens Wind Power said: “With LM’s hybrid-carbon blades and our successful direct drive technology, this model incorporates proven and highly efficient technology in all components and we are confident that we can maintain short time to market and have this product ready for serial production by the end of 2017.”
The European Commission recently cleared the merger of its wind business with Gamesa.
Last month Siemens completed its first full load engine tests for the world’s first 3D-printed gas turbine blades in the UK.