Gamesa, Northrop Grumman Collaborate To Develop Offshore Wind Technology

Gamesa and the Newport News Shipbuilding operations of Northrop Grumman Corp. (Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding-Newport News) have signed an agreement to work together on offshore wind technology. The agreement calls for the companies to cooperate on the launch of Gamesa's first G11X-5.0 MW offshore prototype in the U.S.

Gamesa is currently designing and developing a G11X-5.0 MW offshore wind turbine specifically for the marine environment and built upon the technologies already tested and validated in the G10X-4.5 MW platform.

Gamesa is teaming with Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding-Newport News to utilize its expertise in heavy load logistics, systems performance and reliability and the applications of such technologies in the marine environment.

The companies are setting up an initial team of as many as 40 engineers in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia over the next month. This team will perform all of the preliminary work required to install in the U.S. the first Gamesa G11X-5.0 MW offshore prototype by the fourth quarter of 2012, including site selection, permitting, final construction and installation of the prototype and testing.

‘Gamesa has said before that it intends to play a significant role in the offshore market to ensure that it can tap the demand generated in the Northern European market, specifically the United Kingdom, starting in 2015, as well in the United States,’ says Dirk Matthys, CEO of Gamesa in the U.S. ‘Our alliance with Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding-Newport News will give us the opportunity to test our technology on a short-term horizon, as well as to enhance and strengthen it.’

The turbine and foundation systems created by Gamesa and Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding-Newport News will address the market's main concerns, namely efficiency of civil-engineering infrastructures, turbine reliability, low maintenance and servicing requirements and minimizing the cost of generating electricity, according to the companies.

In addition, Gamesa is working on the rollout of another family of offshore turbines featuring a capacity of 6 MW to 7 MW, with a pre-series potentially available in 2014.

SOURCE: Gamesa

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