Spanish 15MW turbine development project completed

SPAIN: The collaboration between Spanish firms, including Gamesa, Iberdrola and Acciona, to research the technology needed to create a 15MW turbine by 2020 has been concluded.

Gamesa headed the research for the creation of a 15MW turbine
Gamesa headed the research for the creation of a 15MW turbine

Gamesa announced an end to the four-year EUR 30-million Azimut project, saying that it has been "successfully completed", with a number of advancements having been used in the partners' turbine development.

The initiative brought together ten companies, coordinated by Gamesa, including Acciona, Alstom, Iberdrola, Ingeteam, Imatia, Ingeciber, Digsilent Iberica, Técnicas Reunidas, and Tecnitest.

The project was partially financed by the Strategic National Technical Consortiums (Cenit), a state-run programme aimed at uniting competing national sector players in research to boost Spanish technology firms.

Gamesa said that through the research associated with the project, it developed a new resin with improved properties for the manufacture of blades, as well as a coating that can be applied in wind turbine blades with anti-icing properties and extremely high resistance to erosion.

Acciona has gone through a thorough revision of different concepts for multi-MW wind turbines, carrying out a comparison in terms of cost, weight and performance of some of the most promising ones.

This has helped the manufacturer to create new design and calculation tools that are able, among other things, to provide new algorithm design tools to optimise blade design and calculate fatigue on drivetrains.

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