Gamesa has secured the first order for its largest turbine from the renewable energy subsidiary of Sinohydro, one of China’s largest manufacturing groups.
The order is a fresh milestone in Gamesa’s sales and product strategy. It is also the first order for the supply of turbines from the company’s 5 MW platform in Asia, specifically in China. Under the terms of the contract, Gamesa will supply, install and commission 18 of these turbines (90 MW) at the Nangang wind complex located in Tianjin. The turbines will supplied during the last quarter of 2017 and commissioned during the first quarter of 2018.
The 5-MW platform is one of the most powerful in the onshore market. The G132-5.0 MW turbine comes with a blade length of 64.5 metres and a rotor diameter of 132 metres. In addition, it is designed with redundant modules, guaranteeing reliable performance and maximising energy output, thereby streamlining the cost of energy.
“This contract marks an important strategic landmark for Gamesa: not only is it the maiden order from the 5-MW platform in Asia, it is the first signed order for the G132-5.0 MW” said Álvaro Bilbao, Gamesa's CEO in China.
The turbine also stands out for its light weight, which reduces the cost of related wind farm civil engineering work. It is capable of generating enough energy to supply 5,000 households a year and last May received type certification from DNV GL, thereby culminating the certification process and endorsing the turbine's technology.
In addition to its 132 metre rotor, capable of generating power in medium and strong wind conditions, the 5-MW platform can also be configured with a 128 metre rotor featuring the firm's patented Innobladetechnology, enabling the manufacture of the blades in two segments for assembly when the facility is being erected in order to facilitate the transportation and installation of the turbines.
Gamesa's presence in the Chinese market, where it was the number one non-Chinese OEM by capacity instalments in 2015, dates back 16 years. In total, the company has supplied more than 4,000 MW in China to date. The region accounted for 13 percent of the company's total sales volumes (measured in MW) in 2015.