Gamesa installs first prototype of 5MW onshore turbine at Alaiz R&D in Spain

30 March 2014 (Last Updated March 30th, 2014 18:30)

Gamesa has installed the first prototype of its G128-5.0MW onshore turbine at its research and development (R&D) facility located in Alaiz, Spain.

Gamesa has installed the first prototype of its G128-5.0MW onshore turbine at its research and development (R&D) facility located in Alaiz, Spain.

With the completion of the assembly process, the company has now started the process of certifying the new turbine. The certification is expected to be completed during the last quarter of 2014.

Claimed to be built with the latest design and manufacturing technology, the G128-5.0MW turbine can generate enough electricity to power approximately 5,000 households per year.

In 2014, the company will supply three turbines to TuuliWatti for a commercial wind power plant located at Salo in Finland. Gamesa is also set to operate and maintain the plant for ten years.

"The G128-5.0MW turbine can generate enough electricity to power approximately 5,000 households per year."

Designed to comply with the grid-connection codes and environmental standards, the lightweight G128-5.0MW turbine features a rotor diameter of 128m and a total height of 184m.

According to Gamesa, the turbine has been updated from the 4.5MW platform and caters to the most complex wind farm developments in terms of competitiveness and cost of energy.

In March 2013, the company obtained type certification for the G128-5.0MW offshore turbine from Norway-based DNV-GL.

During the same month, Gamesa signed an agreement to supply 49.3MW turbines to CGN Wind Energy for the Chengdingsha wind farm being built in Shandong province, China.

Also in the same month, the company won two new contracts to supply 68MW turbines to Companhia de Energias Renováveis and 30MW to Ventos dos Guarás I Energias Renováveis.