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Gamesa unveils 2.5MW low-wind turbine at China Wind Power 2015

CHINA: Gamesa has launched a 2.5MW turbine with a 126-metre rotor at the China Wind Power 2015 event taking place in Beijing.

Gamesa's G114-2.5MW prototype turbine under testing in Alaiz, Spain
Gamesa's G114-2.5MW prototype turbine under testing in Alaiz, Spain

The new G126 turbine will be targeted at low-wind sites globally and marks a new addition to the Spanish manufacturer's 2.5MW platform. 

As a competitive wind turbine model suited particularly to the low wind speed environment, this product is expected to meet China's demand in exploiting wind energy in the less windy regions.

"I believe in the following decade China will continue to be the most prosperous wind market in the world. And we hope Gamesa will continue to play an important role in China's wind developments," said Alvaro Bilbao, Gamesa's CEO in China, on the first day of China Wind Power 2015.

The G126 is equipped with a 126-metre diameter rotor and available with tower heights of 84 metres, 102 metres and 129 metres, depending on site conditions. 

Gamesa claims the turbine could produce up to 25% more power than the G114-2MW turbine. 

It joins the G106 and G114 2.5MW turbines in Gamesa's portfolio and will begin series production in 2017, following prototype testing next year.

The G126-2.5 MW is fitted with the same electric system as the company's other 2.5 MW products. A prototype of the G114 is currently in operation at Gamesa's Spanish test site at Alaiz. 

Gamesa's new turbine follows the recent product launches of four more low-wind turbines at the Husum Wind 2015 event in Germany last month. Vestas, Senvion, Nordex and GE all unveiled new 3MW turbines for the low-wind sector. 

Recent product launches

Manufacturer Capacity (MW) Blade/Rotor Length (metres) Hub Height (metres) Volume (dBA)
China Wind Power        
Gamesa G126 2.5 62/126 84/102/129 -
Husum Wind        
Vestas V136-3.45 3.45 66.7/136 149/160 105.5
Senvion 3.4M140 3.4 68/140 110/130 104
Nordex N131 3.3 65.5/131 134/164 104.5
GE 3.2-130 3.2 63.7/130 Four, from 85-155 104.5

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