Gamesa, a global technology leader in wind energy, has secured type certification for its G114-2.5 MW turbine from DEWI-OCC, the accredited independent certification body of the UL/DEWI group.
José Antonio Malumbres, Gamesa’s Chief Technology Officer, was handed this certification in person by Hergen Bolte, head of DEWI-OCC, during the EWEA 2015 Trade Fair, one of the sector’s hallmark events, which is taking place in Paris (France) between 17 and 20 November.
This milestone marks the culmination of the turbine’s certification process and endorses the platform’s technology. The first prototype, located in Alaiz (Navarra, Spain), began to generate power in June of this year.
The new G114-2.5 MW turbine, designed for class II wind speeds, is underpinned by proven technology, validated in the Gamesa 2.0 MW platform, one of the most reliable in the market, having been installed in 35 countries (cumulative installed capacity: 20.9 GW). It comes with a longer blade and increases nominal capacity to 2.5 MW, enabling it to produce 29% more power than the G97-2.0 MW, while lowering the cost of energy by 10%.
To date, the company has already secured orders for the supply of 280 MW of this new model to wind farms being developed in Sweden, Belgium, the UK and Turkey.
“The G114-2.5 MW is Gamesa’s first 2.5 MW turbine and it belongs to a new generation of 2.0-2.5 MW turbines which is changing the wind power cost paradigm. A sizeable team of Gamesa engineers has been involved in developing this entire new product range, which builds on the track record implied by the existing 2.0 MW platform’s millions of operating hours and has entailed an extensive component and sub-system validation programme”, explained José Antonio Malumbres.