Gamesa launches new G97-2.0 MW wind turbine
Gamesa has announced the launch of its new G97-2.0 MW wind turbine, which has been especially designed for low-wind sites in India. The turbine was unveiled by new and renewable energy minister, Dr. Farooq Abdullah at the 3rd International Wind Conference and Exhibition in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.
The company expects such sites to drive a major portion of demand in the 2.0 MW category. The turbine features a swept area 16 per cent larger than that of the G90 turbine and exceeds the energy output by nearly 14 per cent.
G97 features a new aerodynamic blade profile with optimized blade root, inbuilt ‘dry type’ transformer and an inbuilt condition monitoring system. The turbine has a series of enhancements along with an updated look, with a state-of-the-art nacelle design and improvements in the cooling system inside the nacelle.
Ramesh Kymal, CMD, Gamesa India said, “The wind energy sector in India is rapidly expanding; shifting focus to moderate and low wind sites. G97 has been launched to cater to these emerging opportunities. We are anticipating great demand for this product as it will be a strategic asset for energy providers looking for greater returns from low to medium wind speed sites.”
Gamesa launched the G97 in the global market in the later part of 2011 and began manufacturing this turbine in Spain, China, India and the US simultaneously. Gamesa factories are currently producing the new turbines, following upgrades of existing facilities to address rising demand from this growth market.
Gamesa has already secured contracts to supply 356 MW of its new G97-2.0 MW turbine worldwide. In India, Gamesa has orders for G97 from Lakshmi Machine Works Group apart from other investors.