Gamesa advances offshore project

Wednesday, 17 April, 2013 - 15:00

Gamesa transported the first rotor blade for the prototype of its offshore wind turbine from Aoiz factory (Navarre) to the port of Bilbao. The 62.5 m long blade is designed for the 5 MW wind turbine which Gamesa will build at Arinaga quay on Gran Canary.

The blade travelled overnight from Aoiz to Bilbao, where it will be loaded with another two blades - also built at the Navarre plant - and a nacelle produced in Tauste (Zaragoza) on a ship bound for Gran Canary. Gamesa will begin assembling the offshore prototype in the coming weeks. The aim is to achieve certification in the following months and to permit the installations of the pre-series turbines towards the end of 2013 or early 2014.

With the decision to install its first offshore prototype in Europe, Gamesa had frozen its offshore prototype project in Virginia (United States) in May 2012. The milestone to design a competitive offshore turbine in the R&D centre in Virginia has been fulfilled, but the prospects for the U.S. offshore market and its regulatory conditions in this segment did not justify the next step, the installation of a prototype in the U.S. Meanwhile, as the design of the Gamesa 5.0 MW offshore platform is completed, the activities at the Offshore Wind Technology Centre, opened jointly with Newport News Shipbuilding, have winded down.

Katharina Garus

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