Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has unveiled the new SG 2.7-129 onshore turbine in a bid to grow its market share in the US. With this model, the manufacturer is targeting sites with medium- to low-wind conditions in the US.
The new 2.7 MW turbine features a 129 metre rotor with a 16 per cent larger swept area than that of its predecessor, the SG 2.6-120. According to the company, the annual energy production level of the new turbine is 8 per cent higher than that of the SG 2.6-120.
The SG 2.7-129 has a nameplate capacity of 2.75 MW and comes with a power mode option to boost the turbine’s output. Blades for the new turbine will be manufactured at the company’s factory in Fort Madison, Iowa, while its nacelles and hubs will be assembled at a factory in Hutchinson, Kansas. Production is set to start in early 2019.