Software focus for SGRE's new India hub

INDIA: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has officially opened a new research and development engineering centre in Karnataka, south-west India.

SGRE's new research hub will focus on software and design engineering 'to build the next generation of smart wind turbines'

The centre employs 500 people, but this is set to increase to 700 over the next 12 months, the manufacturer said. 

It will focus on software and artificial intelligence research and development for both onshore and offshore turbines, to position the company to build the next generaton of smart wind turbines, according to SGRE. 

"With digitalisation positioned as a key strategy for our growth globally, we are looking at developing impactful technologies that will help us create better value for our customers and society at large," said SGRE chief technology officer Antonio de la Torre. 

"Given India's pool of talent and proficiency in both digital and mechanical technologies, we believe that this centre will be one of the key anwers in achieveing our vision," de la Torre added. 

The new centre is one of three technological hubs operated by SGRE, with the others in Spain and Denmark. 

SGRE also has blade, tower and nacelle manufacturing facilities in India. It has around 5.5GW of installed wind capacity in the country.