Gamesa has opened a technology center in Singapore that will focus on advanced materials research. The new laboratory begins its work with three research projects, conducted jointly with the Nanyang Technological University, the National University of Singapore and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). Gamesa expects the tech lab to employ more than 30 engineers by 2014.
The partnership agreement signed with the Nanyang Technological University enables Gamesa to conduct research projects on wind turbine blade coatings and methods for incorporating the materials into the company's manufacturing systems.
Along with the National University of Singapore, the company will study methods for monitoring composite materials using embedded sensors and will assess their industrial applications.
Meanwhile, in conjunction with the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, a research institute of A*STAR, Gamesa will gauge the performance of turbine blades' carbon-fiber polymers after nano-reinforcements are incorporated to lend them added strength. Gamesa will explore research and development in manufacturing with the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology, a research institute of A*STAR.
‘These agreements offer vast potential for improving the reliability, efficiency and availability of our wind turbines and, by extension, their cost of energy,’ says Jose Antonio Malumbres, Gamesa's chief technology officer.
In related company news, Gamesa Technology Corp. hosted President Barack Obama at its North American nacelle plant in Fairless Hills, Pa., where he discussed energy policies during a town hall meeting with Gamesa employees.
The plant employs approximately 300 workers and was built at a former U.S. Steel industrial site. Obama's visit to the Gamesa plant came within the framework of a campaign to outline his energy plan. The president spoke about the need to reduce oil imports and to incorporate cleaner sources of energy.
‘Through sources like wind energy, produced in part by your turbines, I want us to double the amount of electricity that we draw from clean sources,’ Obama said. ‘I want us to double it. And that means by 2035, 80 percent of our electricity will come from renewables like wind and solar, as well as efficient natural gas, clean coal, nuclear power. We can do that.’