"These new orders
underscore the growing demand for small units to serve distributed
energy-producing solutions," emphasizes Volker Neumann, Siemens' location
manager at the Frankenthal plant. "With both these orders, we are
contributing to sustainable energy supply in Great Britain and the United
The three SST-040 turbines, designed to
deliver an electrical generating capacity of 300 and 420 kilowatts (kW), will
be deployed in three biomass power plants in Great Britain. These power plants
are scheduled to begin operation between November 2016 and February 2017.
Siemens has already received three identical orders from Kara over the course
of the past twelve months.
This marks the first time that Siemens is
supplying an SST-040 with an output higher than 300 kW. The unit is based on
the technology of the existing SST-040 turbine, but expanded due to growing
customer demand for turbines with outputs over 300 kW. This technical
advancement enables the SST-040 to now achieve electrical
generating capacities of up to 750 kW. The turbine, gearing, electrical
generator and all related equipment units are installed on a common base frame.
Weighing some 4,500 kg, this virtually maintenance-free machine is a
lightweight among steam turbines. Thanks to the compact design, the unit
requires just a very small foundation.