The collaboration is being done in partnership with Group NIRE, whose research facility tests, certifies and validates next generation wind turbines and other energy assets. Group NIRE performs testing in real world environments in a research and development partnership with Texas Tech University. Other industry testing occurs at the National Wind Technology Center in Golden, Colo.
Group NIRE said the testing is important for it as it recruits companies like Gamesa for the facility. The turbine will be used for validation testing, certification testing and future R&D projects. Safety and functional tests, load measurements, and power curve measurements will be included in tests, which will be completed this year.
The G114-2.0 MW flagship wind turbine is an evolution of Gamesa’s 2.0-2.5 MW turbine platform, with more than 16 GW installed around the world. The model features a swept area 38 percent larger than that of the G97-2.0 MW.
Completion of the installation comes after Gamesa’s 50Hz model G114-2.0MW prototype in Alaiz (Spain) earlier this year.
Validation and certification of the G114-2.0 MW follows the company strategy used for the G90 and G97 models, with initial testing to ensure they met North American standards, Gamesa said.
Gamesa has secured contracts and framework agreements for its G114-2.0 MW turbine covering 504 MW including an agreement with EDP Renewables for up to 450 MW in the US through 2016.