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Gamesa launches G97 2MW turbine in North America

NORTH AMERICA: Spanish manufacturer Gamesa is launching its G97 2MW turbine for the North American market, as part of its aim to cater for the low-wind market.

Gamesa G97 turbine is designed for low-wind sites
Gamesa G97 turbine is designed for low-wind sites

Gamesa will introduce the G97-2.0 MW Class IIIA at the Canadian Wind Energy Association’s annual conference, being held November 1-to-3 in Montreal.

The turbine is designed for low-wind sites, which the company expects to make up a majority of future onshore demand.

Gamesa says the 97-metre long G97-2.0 has a 16% bigger swept area and 14% more energy output than Gamesa’s G90.

The company claims it also has a new aerodynamic blade tip design, a noise reduction system, updated nacelle design and nacelle cooling improvements.

Alongside the turbine, Gamesa is displaying a new 90-metre tower and a streamlined 78-metre tower, reduced from four to three sections.

Gamesa’s decision to launch the G97 in North America, follows its deal with shipbuilder Northrup Grumman to develop the upcoming G11X 5MW offshore turbine in the US.

This month, Northrup Grumman and Gamesa are due to launch a project base for the G11X in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia next month. A team of around 40 will instigate preliminary work to install the turbine. This will include site selection and permitting.

At the same time, Gamesa announced it had cut its sales forecast for 2011 to 2,800MW-3,100MW from 2,700MW-3,100MW.

In response, the company said that based on its 2009 figures, it planned to increase sales in the US, China, India and Latin America by 15%, 20%, 166% and 50% respectively. It also aims to double its operations and maintenance contract capacity to 24GW by 2013.

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