The first prototype of the new Gamesa G10X-4.5 MW presented
The prototype has already fed the grid with its first kilowatts and has recently generated 50 MWe in a day, the greatest amount ever generated by a Gamesa wind turbine
Guillermo Ulacia, Gamesa’s Chairman and CEO, described the event as a "proof that the talent of people and the commitment to innovation made by companies and institutions are the pillars upon which new economic models will rest and which will place a country on the cutting edge"
Gamesa Corporación Tecnológica presented the first prototype of the Gamesa G10x – 4.5 MW product platform at the Cabezo Negro R&D wind farm located in the Jaulín local authority in the Spanish province of Saragossa.
The Aragon regional authority was represented at the event by its President, Mr. Marcelino Iglesias, its Vice-President, Mr. José Ángel Biel, and the regional Secretary for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Mr. Arturo Aliaga,as well as by members of the Jaulín Town Hall, headed by the Mayor, Mr. Jesús Ortilles. They were accompanied by Mr. Guillermo Ulacia, the Chairman and CEO of Gamesa Corporación Tecnológica and the company’s Board of Directors,
Some of the technological innovations that will subsequently be incorporated into the mass produced version are being tested on the prototype presented. The prototype has already fed its first kilowatts of energy into the grid and has recently generated 50 MWe in a day, the greatest amount ever generated by a Gamesa wind turbine.
Its modular design, which was entirely designed by Gamesa, will allow the cost of energy to be minimized through the use of the a similar kind of transport and installation equipment used for smaller wind turbines. The turbines will be equipped with technological innovations like two-sectioned blades to be assembled on site and a coupled crane system to simplify assembly and dismantling tasks.
The Gamesa G10X – 4.5 MW wind turbine has a unitary power output equivalent to the annual consumption of more than 3,000 homes, a rotor diameter of 128 meters, equivalent to the length of a soccer field, and blades measuring more than 60 meters long. The tower has a height of 120 meters and is made of concrete and steel.
The Gamesa Chairman and CEO highlighted that "we are before something that is much more than a specific industrial or business success story. Today we are witnessing proof that the talent of people and the commitment to innovation made by companies and institutions are the pillars upon which new economic models will rest and which will place a country on the cutting edge”.
For his part, Gamesa’s Technology General Manager, José Antonio Malumbres, pointed out that the team "included more than 150 engineers at one point". "When development comes to an end, we will have employed more than 1,300,000 man hours of engineering", he added.
A workshop entitled "Technologies for Innovation in the Energy Field" was held in the morning at the Aragon Institute of Technology (ITA) as part of the event. The workshop was sponsored by Aragon regional authority’s Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism in collaboration with the CIRCE-University of Zaragoza.
The aim of the informative workshop was to raise awareness about innovative technologies in the energy field to achieve economic and environmental sustainability as the future driving force for economic development. The scope of different technologies were explained that would allow for: hydrogen to be produced as an energy vector, new wind energy developments, thermosolar plant innovations, the integration and optimization of CO2 collection systems and the storage of electricity.
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