After developing the Energy Thrust software, which boosts turbine efficiency, Spanish-based Gamesa Corporación Tecnológica reached an agreement with public utility Iberdrola to install it in 54 wind farms in Spain, Portugal, Italy, Hungary, Romania, Greece and Cyprus with aggregate capacity of 1.6 GW.
“This contract reinforces our work as technology experts and value-added operations and maintenance (O&M) specialists. Gamesa works together with its customers to develop solutions to make their fleets more efficient with the ultimate aim of increasing turbine production and boosting wind farm profitability,” said Xabier Urcelay, director of services at Gamesa
The wind power equipment manufacturer said it developed Energy Thrust to make its 660 kW, 850 kW and 2 MW platforms more efficient and bolster production ratios. Thanks to this system, endorsed by independent assurance provider DNV-GL and already installed in almost 2,000 turbines (3.5 GW) in operation in 14 countries, turbine output is increased by up to 5% on average, according to the company’s data. Energy Thrust enables adaptation of wind turbines to specific site conditions, boosting the volume of power delivered to the grid in all wind conditions, improving the efficiency and performance of Gamesa’s entire fleet in the process, the press release said. The producer’s O&M services cover almost 14 GW for more than 400 customers in 36 countries.