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Siemens Gamesa's new wind turbines are made for subsidy-free offshore wind

After several years wait, Siemens Gamesa has announced a 10 MW wind turbine – but this is not the most important aspect, says the head of technology, adding that a different figure makes all the difference.

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Almost six years ago, Siemens Gamesa's CEO Markus Tacke predicted that the manufacturer would be ready with a 10 MW wind turbine by 2020. This became a reality Wednesday with the announcement of the latest turbine, with a prototype expected to be installed by the end of this year.

The 10 MW turbine is largely a reconstruction of the current 8 MW turbine, which in turn built upon the 7 MW turbine, which in 2012 began as a 6 MW turbine. Competitor MHI Vestas was the first to reach 10 MW by boosting its original V164 turbine from 2014.

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