With projected growth in offshore wind farms, turbine makers are adopting direct-drive generators, a technology that could help address concerns over cost and reliability of offshore wind.
Siemens Energy's first direct-drive turbine is now available for both onshore and offshore applications, the company said last week. Siemens has been testing a prototype since last year and the results have been good, according to the company.
Rated at 3 megawatts of capacity, the SWT-3.0-101 is a lower height and weight than Siemens' 2.3-megawatt machine and has half the number of parts. It's more compact than generators that … Read more