Spain accelerated in the race for the biggest offshore wind turbine

Alstom is ready to release this month a 6 megawatts (MW) offshore wind turbine  prototype designed at its headquarters in Barcelona.
Gamesa will invest 150 million in this business until 2014 and seeks location for its blade factory.
Acciona looks for alliances to take positions.

The race between European and Asian manufacturers of turbines is in its final phase.

Alstom is ready to release this month a 6 megawatts (MW) offshore wind turbine  prototype designed at its headquarters in Barcelona. Gamesa will invest 150 million in this business until 2014 and seeks location for its blade factory. Acciona looks for alliances to take positions. The race between European and Asian manufacturers of turbines is in its final phase.

Germany, France, UK, China and USA, among others, have on the table plans to develop offshore wind energy (offshore) that have motivated the launch of turbine prototypes with increased generation capacity. Many of the rare 3,800 MW installed in Europe are working in experimental phase and using onshore machines adapted to the demands of the high seas.

The race between manufacturers, led by Vestas and Siemens has the aim of construct prototypes from 6 MW per unit and the choice of the best sites, mainly in ports, to build the factories. The strategic area is in the North Sea. At play, more than 130,000 million investment in 10 years only in Europe.

France's Alstom points out the Spanishness of its wind business. Headquartered in Barcelona, Alstom Wind will run in a few days his Haliade 150 offshore wind turbine  the port of Saint Nazaire Gaul, where the company also place the assembly plant. Already in the fourth quarter Alstom Wind will be ready to install the first offshore Haliade, with many of its components manufactured in Buñuel (Navarra), Altamira (Zamora) and A Somoza (La Coruña).

Industry sources say the firm is already negotiating preliminary agreements to sell its marine turbine made in Spain in 2013. In fact, it has a first contract with the Belgian BeWind to build next year a fleet of 40 MW on the coast of Belgium.

The year 2013 also will be key to Gamesa, with the release of a platform capable of developing baptized G11X 5 MW, while cooking the G14X 7 MW in the new R & D that has been launched in Glasgow (Scotland) . Gamesa said that his two wind-sea platforms are based on proven technology G10X, 4.5 MW, designed to be onshore. The company presided by Jorge Calvet already has an offshore division based in London and looking for locations for marine blade factory in Scotland and England. At the same time, has a sales office in Hamburg to handle projects in Germany, Holland and Belgium, and investigates with Newport News Shipbuilding in an R & D share in Virginia (USA).

Acciona is another Spanish manufacturer looking actively to the market. Along with Navantia seeks to develop foundations to support wind turbines, substations, meteorological towers, etc.. It forms part, together with Gamesa, Alstom, initiative Zèrfir Test Station, central coast planned experimental in Tarragona.

Against Spanish firms, Vestas will test in Denmark, with the electric Dong, a 7 MW wind turbine, Mitsubishi has announced that works on another platform of 7 MW, the Germanic Siemens develops a 6 MW in Denmark, Samsung and Mecal Dutch opt for the 6 MW ... And longer term, General Electric designed a giant of 15 MW.

SOURCE: Cinco Días