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Siemens Wind Power has received offshore prototype certification from GL Renewables Certification (GL RC) for testing its new 6MW offshore wind turbine at DONG Energy's Gunfleet Sands III demonstration project in the UK.

This will be the first offshore test of this new offshore wind turbine. The Prototype Certificate confirms the wind turbine design's compliance with the requirements of the GL Guideline for offshore wind turbines Edition 2005. Siemens developed the SWT-6.0 specifically for offshore locations. The first unit was installed in 2011 at the Høvsøre test site in Denmark with a 120 meter rotor. The second -prototype with a 154 meter rotor was installed in 2012 at the new national test center at Østerild, Denmark. In January 2013, Siemens installed two additional SWT-6.0 prototypes in the British offshore wind power plant at DONG Energy`s demonstration project Gunfleet Sands III. Both machines for this project are equipped with the 120 meter rotor. GL RC has also been contracted to carry out the type certification of the offshore turbine and is currently involved in the design evaluation process.
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