Acciona Windpower has upgraded its AW125/3000 wind turbine to a new version specially designed for medium-wind sites (IEC IIb). Acciona Windpower will highlight this new design at the AWEA Windpower 2014 conference and exhibition, which takes place in Las Vegas, May 5 to 8.
The upgraded design of the AW125/3000 allows for siting at locations with higher-than-average wind speeds and lower turbulence intensity, which is a perfect fit for many of the sites in North America and across the globe.
The AW125/3000 combines a 125 meter rotor with a three-megawatt wind turbine generator and is available on multiple tower heights ranging from 87.5 to 140 meters. Regarding the 87.5m tower, the AW125/3000 IEC IIb wind turbine — which has 61.2m long blades — is designed to deliver maximum Annual Energy Production while staying within a 150 meter and 500 foot tip-height threshold in sites with aviation permitting constraints.
Acciona Windpower already has seven design assessments and ten type certifications associated with the AW3000 platform (for different rotor diameter options, hub heights, and steel and concrete towers) starting with the first prototype in 2008.
In 2013, Acciona Windpower launched its 125-meter rotor with a design suitable for IEC IIIa and IEC IIIb low-wind sites. The company has already reported 400 MW of firm and contingent orders for AW125/3000 turbines, and it will continue offering the IEC IIIa and IEC IIIb variants.
“The upgraded AW125/3000 is an example of the technological innovation that is driving Acciona Windpower’s growth in the market,” said Jose Luis Blanco, CEO of Acciona Windpower. “Acciona Windpower is emerging as a preferred supplier by many major customers, which is the result of proven designs, high reliability, and the lowest cost of energy.”
To date, Acciona Windpower has received firm and contingent orders to supply over 1,800 MW of AW3000 wind turbines to wind farms in the USA, Canada, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Spain, Poland, Turkey and South Africa.
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