Little over a year after Siemens erected its first 3.6-MW direct-drive "Proof of Concept" wind turbine, this November the company presented a new rather different 3-MW direct-drive concept. RenewableEnergyWorld.com was exclusively invited to the Brande HQ in Denmark to view the prototype and discuss the new turbine with Siemens CTO Henrik Stiesdal. A prototype was erected near Brande during the first week of December.

Our expectations were therefore that a direct-drive concept mainly offers a commercially viable alternative for large offshore turbines. However, we now have sufficient indications that the concept might also be feasible for the high-end high-volume market, and do hope that this machine will prove competitive with our 2.3-MW volume turbine series.' -- Henrik Stiesdal, CTO, Siemens