Power generation equipment supplier Shanghai Electric has put China’s first 8MW offshore wind turbine into operations.
With the commissioning, the 8MW-167 offshore turbine becomes the highest capacity wind turbine in operation in China.
Featuring “black start” technology, the offshore turbine was tested onshore at the Shantou Haojiang offshore industrial park.
The D8 turbine is designed to provide 20% more electricity production compared to the 7MW-154 wind turbine.
In addition, it is expected to reduce the Levelised Cost of Electricity (LCOE) by around 11%.
Agreement signed with Siemens Gamesa for 8MW offshore wind turbine
In March 2018, Shanghai Electric signed an agreement inked with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE), one of the world’s leading producers of onshore and offshore wind turbines.
Through the agreement, the Chinese company has secured a license to produce and sell SGRE’s 8.0-167DD offshore machines in the domestic market.
With 81.4-metre blades, the turbine produces a rotor diameter of 167 meters and a swept area of 21,900 square meters.
Shanghai Electric expects to undertake bulk orders for the new turbine
With the turbine entering operation, Shanghai Electric expects to undertake bulk orders in the 8MW offshore wind turbines market.
The company says that is currently in a prime position to capitalize on the growing Chinese offshore turbine market, where up to 26GW is estimated to be grid-connected by the end of 2025.
Shanghai Electric has announced its plan to further explore solutions for renewable energy-based integrated energy systems, coupled with a 5G+ industrial internet of things.