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Siemens Gamesa sees huge potential in floating offshore wind

Floating wind turbines are still in an early phase, but Siemens Gamesa wants to be there from the beginning. The company believes that the niche area has potential to grow into a huge market.

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Floating wind turbines could open up new offshore areas, says Siemens Gamesa, which has just installed five of its 6 MW turbines on floating foundations which will be used in the 30 MW "Hywind Scotland" project, the world's largest floating wind farm.

"Siemens Gamesa views the floating wind farm market area the same way as we did with offshore wind farms in the early beginning: it is a very interesting area that is initially a niche market. This niche may, however, develop over time into a large market. It is a niche in which we would like to build a strong position for this reason" says Michael Hannibal, CEO of Offshore at Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, in a press release.

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