Siemens Gamesa has a significant presence in Poland. Can you provide an overview of your priorities and capabilities in this market?

In Poland, Siemens Gamesa has installed 1 GW of onshore wind capacity, which accounts for approximately 18% of the market. We currently have five wind parks under construction, and we anticipate this number to increase following the 2019 2.5 GW auction. In addition, we introduced our multi-brand servicing in 2019, after signing two long-term service contracts with Polenergia for two wind farms equipped with V90 turbines. The combined knowledge of Siemens and Gamesa, along with our in-depth understanding of turbine technology, makes us highly versatile. Furthermore, we are working on integrating Senvion into Siemens Gamesa, which will further enrich our expertise and expand our servicing capabilities.

Poland has a pressing need to embrace renewable energy sources in order to meet climate targets. What opportunities do you see for Siemens Gamesa in this market?

Renewable energy, particularly wind energy, is here to stay in Poland. While government legislation previously hindered wind development in the country, it has now become apparent that integrating wind energy into the energy mix is necessary. Wind energy is also recognized as a cost-effective solution that can positively impact the Polish economy. We are eagerly anticipating the amendment of the 10H rule, which will pave the way for new onshore wind projects to be realized, and we see significant opportunities for Siemens Gamesa to contribute to Poland’s renewable energy goals.

How has technology progressed in recent years, and what impact has it had on your business and that of park developers?

One of the most significant changes in the wind energy sector has been the advancement in turbine technology, particularly in terms of size. Wind turbines have become taller, with larger rotor diameters and higher nominal capacities. This has revolutionized the industry, as a 50 MW park capacity can now be achieved with only a fraction of the number of turbines previously required. Additionally, the increased capacity of turbines allows for more energy generation with the same installed capacity, resulting in more profitable returns for investors and the ability to offer lower energy prices to the market. Technology has transformed renewable energy from being a niche, expensive alternative to a mainstream, sustainable source that can effectively compete with traditional energy sources.

Despite the decrease in turbine prices and investment costs, energy prices in Poland have gone down, posing challenges for wind producers. Can you elaborate on this issue?

While it is true that turbine prices and other investment costs have decreased, the stability of energy prices is crucial for the success of wind producers. Fluctuating energy prices can pose challenges for wind producers in Poland, as it impacts their profitability and financial viability. It is essential to maintain stable energy prices to ensure a conducive environment for wind energy production in the country.

In 2019, Siemens Gamesa launched the latest generation SG 10.0 turbine with an impressive 11 MW offshore production capacity. Are you preparing for the development of offshore wind in the Polish sea?

As one of the leading turbine manufacturers, Siemens Gamesa is actively engaged in the technological race in the offshore wind market, including the Baltic Sea region, where Poland is located. The SG 10.0 turbine, which is a direct-drive turbine, was introduced in 2011 and started with 6 MW machines and rotors with diameters of 120 m, which have now reached 193 m. This model is the first to be installed without the need for subsidies under certain additional conditions and in areas where offshore wind is already developed.

Can you elaborate on the supply chain in Poland and your experience with local suppliers?

As a global company, our sourcing strategy encompasses a wide range of geographies, including the United States and Asia, with offshore demand growing rapidly in these regions. In Poland, we have established relationships with approximately 100 suppliers who cater to both the local market and export to international markets. In 2019 alone, we purchased equipment and services in Poland totaling around EUR 300 million. Our experience with our certified partners has been exceptional, as we believe they uphold the highest quality standards. We intend to continue collaborating with these suppliers in the future.

What can we expect from Siemens Gamesa in Poland in the coming years?

We have several exciting projects in the pipeline, including the construction of five wind parks, with the expectation of more projects to arise after the December 2019 auction.  We are also exploring new multi-brand opportunities for our service business. Our primary focus will be on ensuring a smooth integration of Senvion, which we are optimistic will broaden our knowledge and capabilities. Additionally, we are observing positive signs from the Polish government, and we remain hopeful that both the onshore and offshore sectors will continue to develop. As we move forward into 2020, we are looking forward to a period of growth and progress in Poland.

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