Repower will stick with its 6M 6MW offshore turbine until the end of the decade, according to vice president offshore development, Norbert Giese. He said the Suzlon-subsidiary has no plans to design new turbines, despite companies such as Vestas and Siemens planning to do so.
Instead, Repower anticipates incremental development of its 6M turbine."We firmly believe the 6MW platform will be the platform for this decade," Giese told Windpower Offshore at RenewableUK Offshore 2013 last week. "We believe we can improve it to make it more efficient, but this will still be the right turbine for us for the next few years."
The Repower 6M and its 5M predecessor were both brought to market under the watch of former CTO Matthias Schubert, in 2009 and 2005 respectively. Schubert left the firm in March, shortly before Repower announced its intention to cut 750 jobs from its 2,500-strong workforce, and cut costs by €100m.
Niese was distinctly downbeat about the short- and medium-term future for Europe’s offshore wind sector. "At the end of the day we need volume, and what we’re seeing right now is a very low number of orders all over Europe," he said.