Gamesa cuts ribbon on 2-MW off-grid system prototype
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Spanish wind turbine maker Gamesa (BME:GAM) is moving into the off-grid segment with the inauguration on Tuesday of a 2-MW prototype system in northeastern Spain.
The company's off-grid offering is designed to provide power to remote areas without grid access like islands, mines and rural areas.
The prototype installation is located in La Muela, Aragon and combines four power sources -- wind, solar, diesel-powered generation and energy storage batteries. It consists of a G52-850-kW wind turbine, 245 kWp of photovoltaic (PV) modules and three 222-kW diesel generators. A 500 kWh/500 kW battery is due to be added by the summer. The installation will generate enough power for 400 families, according to the announcement.
Gamesa said its off-grid system can be tailored to customer needs.
"Gamesa's entry into the offgrid sector represents a fresh technological challenge and a new niche opportunity: development of this class of technology is expected to reach 1,200 MW in the coming years," said David Mesonero, director of business development.
The company noted that currently more than 1.2 billion people around the world do not have access to electricity.