November 16 (Renewables Now) - Chinese firm Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology (HKG:2208) has launched a new platform for smart offshore wind turbines suitable for low, medium and high wind sites.
The GW6S platform was presented during the China Wind Power exhibition, the company said in a statement on Wednesday. It includes three turbine models with rotor diametres of between 154 metres (505 ft) and 171 metres using Goldwind’s permanent magnet direct-drive (PMDD) technology. Two of the models will be offered with a capacity of 6.45 MW and rotor diametres of 164m and 171m, respectively, while there is also a 6.7-MW turbine with a 154-m rotor diametre.
In September, Goldwind had the first blades for a prototype of the GW154/6.7-MW turbine made. That prototype is planned to be deployed in early 2018. Goldwind says it designed for wind class I areas off the coast of Fujian and Guangdong. The machine's commercial deployment is targeted for the first quarter of 2018. Outside China, it is to be sold in Japan, South Korea and, at a later point, in Europe.
Earlier this week, the Chinese wind turbine manufacturer announced the release of a medium-speed smart wind turbine with a rated capacity of 4 MW-4.2 MW.