Gamesa has announced the installation of the prototypes of its newest turbine models G126-2.5 MW and G132-3.3 MW at the Alaiz R&D facility in Navarra, Spain.
According to the company, the G126-2.5 MW turbine is already producing power, while the G132-3.3 MW will start to do so in the coming days. In the next step, Gamesa will work on the certification of both models. The company expects that this process will be concluded within the first half of 2017.
The assembly of the two turbines began in August and was carried out virtually in parallel. The various parts, including these turbines' large-scale blades (62 metres in the case of the G126-2.5 MW and 64.5 metres in that of the G132-3.3 MW) were transported to the Alaiz mountain range from various parts of Spain: the blades from Aoiz (Navarra), hub and nacelle from Ágreda (Soria), the gearbox from Burgos, the generator from Reinosa (Cantabria) an the converter from Valencia.
The G126-2.5 MW is custom-designed to deliver maximum profitability at low wind speed sites. This model combines a rotor spanning 126 metres in diameter, nominal capacity of 2.5 MW and a range of tower heights to choose from (84, 102 and 129 metres, among other customisable features depending on site conditions). The G132-3.3 MW is designed for medium wind speed sites. This turbine comes in four different tower heights, ranging from 84 to 134 metres. This turbine's blade is made from fibreglass and spans 64.5 metres. As Games reports, the prototypes of the G114-2.1 MW and G132-5.0 MW turbines are also currently installed at the Alaiz complex.
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