Madrid, October 6, 2010 — Spain’s Gamesa and the Newport News Shipbuilding operations of Northrop Grumman Corp., an American defense company and shipbuilder, 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 MW offshore prototype, in the U.S., using Gamesa’s multi-megawatt technology and Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding’s broad experience in challenging marine environments.
Gamesa is currently designing and developing a G11X- 5 MW offshore wind turbine, specifically for the marine environment, built upon the technologies already extensively tested and validated in the G10X-4.5 MW platform.
Gamesa is teaming with Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding-Newport News to utilize their proven expertise in heavy load logistics, systems performance and reliability and the applications of such technologies in the marine environment.
To install in the U.S. the first Gamesa G11X-5 MW offshore prototype Gamesa and Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding said they 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 MW offshore prototype by Q4-2012, including site selection, permitting, final construction and installation of the prototype and testing.
The turbine and foundation systems created by Gamesa and Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding 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.
New generations of offshore turbine systems offering higher installed capacity will be required in order to meet the expected rising demand in the offshore wind energy market in the medium and long term. To this end, Gamesa is already working on the rollout of another family of offshore turbines, with a capacity of 6-7 MW, with a pre-series potentially available in 2014.