Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with China Energy United Power Technology — advancing its licensing business model in the world’s single largest offshore market.
Siemens Gamesa-licensed offshore technologies are already used in many of the country’s running offshore wind turbines.
Under this agreement, Siemens Gamesa intends to license its 11 MW Direct Drive offshore technology to United Power. This entails supporting United Power to deploy the licensed offshore technology in the Chinese mainland’s territorial waters.
“We look forward to reaching a strong partnership with Siemens Gamesa leveraging our respective advantages to manufacture industry-leading offshore wind turbines and develop the offshore wind resources in China,” stated Zhang Guangjun, Chairman of United Power.
The SG 11.0-200 DD is the recent generation of Siemens Gamesa’s offshore wind turbine portfolio to enter serial manufacturing. More than 3 GW of orders for this turbine model have already been received for multiple projects in Europe. More than 1,400 Siemens Gamesa offshore Direct Drive turbines have been installed in all major markets.
“China has played an active role in globalizing the offshore wind industry and we take pride in being part of this journey via our innovative licensing business model,” stated Marc Becker, CEO of the Offshore Business Unit at Siemens Gamesa.
China has become the world’s largest offshore market with a grid-connected capacity of 10.42 GW by April 2021, according to the National Energy Administration of China. The Siemens Gamesa offshore technologies supported more than 6 GW offshore power installations in China.
“We will continue to share our expertise in safety, engineering, and technology along the entire offshore industry value chain to contribute to the sustainable development of offshore energy in China,” said Wu Qinghua, General Manager of Siemens Gamesa Offshore in China.