Wind turbine developer Gamesa has commissioned its first 60Hz, G114-2.0 MW wind turbine prototype in the United States, in Texas. The installation of the prototype was completed mid-March at the Reese Technology Center in Lubbock, triggering the start of the intensive process of validating and certifying the new turbine. The company expects to obtain type certification before the end of 2014.
This step in Gamesa’s product strategy follows the installation of the company’s 50Hz model G114-2.0MW prototype in Alaiz (Navarre, Spain), announced earlier this year. It has begun generating power.
The Gamesa G114-2.0 MW wind turbine is a standard-bearer in the sector due to its low power density. This new product contributes to one of the company’s top priorities: significantly cutting the cost of energy of the wind turbines Gamesa designs for medium and low wind speed sites.
With a rotor spanning 114 m, the turbine’s swept area is 38% greater than that of the G97-2.0 MW, and produces 20% more energy a year. The new turbine maximizes performance at less windy sites and is part of the company’s 2.0 to 2.5 MW platform, whose track record encompasses the installation of more than 16 GW worldwide and an availability record of over 98%.
To date, the company has secured contracts and framework agreements for its G114-2.0 MW turbine covering 504 MW. In the US, Gamesa has a framework agreement with EDP Renewables for the supply of up to 450 MW through 2016, the largest contract for Gamesa’s G114-2.0 MW turbine to date. In Europe, the company has a contract with Eolus Vind for the supply of four of its G114-2.0 MW turbines in Sweden.