Acciona Windpower has launched a new 125-m rotor that gives its AW3000 wind turbine better performance at low-wind sites. The AW 125/3000 model combines the 125-m rotor with the AW3000 3 MW generator and the company’s 120-m tall concrete tower to create an industry-leading solution for low wind, IEC Class III sites. The evolution of the AW3000 platform was unveiled for the first time at EWEA 2013 Exhibition starting in Vienna.
The 125-m rotor captures wind energy from a swept area of over 12,300 m2, delivering a level of energy production that can make low-wind sites attractive to wind farm developers and owners.
The AW 125/3000 represents a scaled evolution of the company’s product line, using tested and proven designs to ensure long term performance. The company will complete the Design Certification for its new rotor in 2013 with the first blades installed by the end of the year. The AW 125/3000 will be available for delivery in 2014 for 50 and 60 Hz markets.
Acciona Windpower is launching the 125-m rotor following the success of its 116-m rotor option for IEC Class II, introduced in 2011. The company has started or completed installations of the AW3000 in Spain, Poland, and the U.S. and has commitments for projects in Brazil, Canada, and South Africa for 2013 and 2014.
The company offers two product lines, the AW3000 3 MW turbine with 100, 109, 116 and 125 meter rotor options and the AW1500 1.5 MW turbine with 70, 77 and 82 meter rotor options. Acciona Windpower provides steel towers as well as 100 and 120 meter concrete towers that let turbines reach better wind resource available at higher hub heights.
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